Saturday, March 26, 2011

Patience...Is a Virtue

Today I would just like to write about a talk I recently read entitled: Patience. It's by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, an apostle of the Church.
Patience is not indifference. He says, "Patience is a willingness, in a sense, to watch the unfolding purposes of God with a sense of wonder and awe - rather than pacing up and down within the cell of our circumstance." when we have trials we need to be patient and look at them from God's perspective. In a previous blog of mine I wrote about running the race of life with patience (See Running the Race). It is important to have an eternal perspective as we are tested and tried in our everyday lives. Something that I really liked about Elder Maxwell's talk was his comparison of patience and photosynthesis. He compares the carbon dioxide to trials. We have to take raw materials and turn them into something we can use to grow. Thus the growth of the plant is likened to the joy and growth we have after using our agency and choosing to be patient in adversity.
I'll just end with a quick quote from Elder Maxwell. He says, "Too much opening and closing of the oven door and the cake falls instead of rising." I hope that we can all be a little bit more patient so we can eat the cake we are trying to bake.

Scriptures about patience:
Hebrews 12:1
Romans 5:3
1 Peter 2:20

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