You're Not a Failure until You Quit
Dr. David Davis
Galatians 5:22 - ''But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith...''
Are you a patient person? Maybe I ought to ask your husband or wife. Your friends. Or better yet, your children.
The word ''longsuffering'' means ''patience.''
Let's take a test:
How are you with interruptions?
How do you deal with irritations?
Cold food, long lines, inept clerks, traffic jams, lost keys, flat tires.
How about inconveniences?
Fast foods, fast lanes at the store, instant coffee, microwaves.
It is estimated the average person spends one year searching for misplaced objects; six years eating; eight months opening junk mail; four years trying to return phone calls to people who never seem to be in. Five years waiting in lines and six months sitting at traffic lights.
Students at Pittsburgh University timed Wendy's, McDonald's, and Burger King at least 100 times to see who was the fastest. Wendy's won, taking an average of 46 seconds to serve a hamburger, fries, and soft drink. It took 1 1/2 minutes at McDonald's and three minutes at Burger King.
If you are waiting at a red light and you don't move within three seconds after it turns green -- the man behind you will turn red.
How about incapacities?
Your health, business, lack of control of your circumstances.
How about imponderables?
You not only can't do anything about a situation, but you don't even understand it. It doesn't make sense.
How do you react?
It might be that you don't have need of patience. No - you do have need of patience.
Do you know why these things come into our lives?
Romans 5:3 - ''Tribulation worketh patience.''
They are not only coming there to reveal impatience, but God is allowing them to grow patience in your life.
The Fruit of the Spirit is patience. These irritations are not obstacles -- they are opportunities to grow patience.
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