September 21, 2010

Run with Patience-George Matheson

Patience in "WAITING" does not mean you stop running until certain conditions are met .....but it is CONTINUING to run. Getting up every morning.....regardless of what circumstances surround you. REGARDLESS. We run!!!!.....keeping ONE thing in mind......the race set before us.
Keep running. Keep moving. Keep stepping. REGARDLESS. If you're broken. Keep running. If you're weary. Keep running. If you're sick in your body. Keep running. If you have a need. Keep running. REGARDLESS. We don't stop running.....THAT is true patience....AND endurance.
And takes greater courage and faith to KEEP running in the midst of adverse circumstances. :) (Run your race----with patience!!:) And you'll find yourself with PEACE governing your way. A peace that is beyond your understanding. Because PEACE Himself is running with you (carrying you if necessary:) !!!!!) Cheering you on EVERY.STEP.OF.THE.WAY. You'll never find a more loyal friend. You're not doing it alone. Keep running.
 "Endurance is not jaw-clenched resignation, nor is it passive acquiescence. It's a long obedience in the same direction. It's staying on the path of obedience despite counter-indications. It's a dogged determination to pursue holiness when the conditions of holiness are not favorable. It's a choice in the midst of our suffering to do what God has asked us to do, whatever it is, and for as long as He asks us to do it. " Chuck Swindoll

I read this article by George Matheson and thought it worth passing along.
Run with patience
"Let us run with patience" (Heb. 12:1).
O run with patience is a very difficult thing. Running is apt to suggest the absence of patience, the eagerness to reach the goal. We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid. Yet, I do not think the invalid's patience the hardest to achieve.
There is a patience which I believe to be harder--the patience that can run. To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still: It is the power to work under a stroke; to have a great weight at your heart and still to run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily task. It is a Christlike thing!
Many of us would nurse our grief without crying if we were allowed to nurse it. The hard thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in bed, but in the street. We are called to bury our sorrows, not in lethargic quiescence, but in active service--in the exchange, in the workshop, in the hour of social intercourse, in the contribution to another's joy. There is no burial of sorrow so difficult as that; it is the "running with patience." This was Thy patience, O Son of man! It was at once a waiting and a running--a waiting for the goal, and a doing of the lesser work meantime. I see Thee at Cana turning the water into wine lest the marriage feast should be clouded. I see Thee in the desert feeding a multitude with bread just to relieve a temporary want. All, all the time, Thou wert bearing a mighty grief, unshared, unspoken. Men ask for a rainbow in the cloud; but I would ask more from Thee. I would be, in my cloud, myself a rainbow--a minister to others' joy. My patience will be perfect when it can work in the vineyard. --George Matheson
"When all our hopes are gone,'Tis well our hands must keep toiling on for others' sake: For strength to bear is found in duty done;And he is best indeed who learns to make the joy of others cure his own heartache."
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