Patience

Hibiscus glory

Waiting patiently is not easy IF we are focused only on the product and not the process. Sadly, even as children in school, we are taught to focus on just the product. No grade is given for process just what is done on the exam. In the business world, it is the bottom line that really counts.

As I have grown older, I have learned to embrace process a little more; this has led me to appreciate the product in a richer way.

For several weeks, I have watched our hibiscus plants spring up from underground and grow beautiful green leaves and buds. I have diligently watered and fertilized them, knowing this day would come. What a joy to see the first flower open today. Enjoying the process has made the product even more wonderful. The time is has taken to make sure the soil is nutritious, with the right moisture and sunshine, has led to beautiful plants.

HO‘OMAU—
The value of perseverance. To persist, to continue, to perpetuate. Never give up.

It means to constantly persevere, moving forward, continuing step by step until a desired destination or goal is reached. It means continuing through diligent repetition. It also means to cause to be immovable; to perpetuate; to make fast, as an anchor in sand or rocks.

Think about these rich definitions. What comes to your mind?

What is requiring your perseverance right now? What is being deeply rooted and planted in you during this time of waiting? What do you expect from the process?

Chuck Swindoll encourages us, through patience and perseverance, to sow a garden with our lives:

Four rows of peas: Preparedness, Perseverance, Promptness, Politeness.

Then three rows of squash: Squash gossip, criticism and indifference.

Along with five rows of lettuce: Let us be faithful, unselfish, loyal. Let us love one another and be truthful.

And three rows of turnips: Turn up with a smile, a new idea, with determination.

Charles R. Swindoll. Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes (Kindle Location 2573). Kindle Edition.

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