by Dan Hill

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How To Live Patiently While Waiting (3 of 3)
Series: James - Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World
Dan Hill
James 5: 7-12

Have you ever thought about how much of your life you spend waiting? I remember when I was a kid, I couldn't wait to start school - and then I couldn't wait to get out of school. I couldn't wait until I had a girlfriend -- then I couldn't wait to get married -- then I couldn't wait to have children. I always had a hard time waiting until Christmas came every year.

There are lots of things that try our patience in life but for me at least; the thing that wears my patience the thinnest, the fastest is waiting. Traffic - store lines - doctors' offices - restaurants - being put on hold and waiting on the phone - waiting on an email - waiting for the phone call - waiting for my teenager to come home.

I did a little research this week on the matter of waiting and here's what I discovered. Assuming the average life expectancy of an average American (78)…you are going to spend…
? 5 years waiting in a line of some kind…
? 6 months waiting at red lights…
? 1 year on the telephone, on hold…
? 3 years waiting on someone…

And by the way, if you are married men, since your wife will take (on the average) 287 days time equivalent in a lifetime deciding what she is going to wear, you better get used to waiting and you better develop patience.

In James 5: 7, James encourages us to "Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming…" Today, more than perhaps any other time, at least in my lifetime, people are saying like Chicken Little, "This is it; the sky is falling." A whole lot of attention has been given to the so-called prophecy concerning December 2012 and its possible they are right, but there is also a possibility they are wrong. Do you remember Y2K and all the people who stockpiled freeze-dried food, water and supplies?

And lots of Christians get focused in on different ideas about the second coming of Christ into this world, a ...

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