Day16 of Kate Motaung’s 31 day write challenge. I am behind but persevering through. Thanks to Kate for sharing her wisdom about writing and for her patience with those of us who are a little slower.
Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.”
In prayer we are to have an alert mind and a thankful heart, we are not to worry but to pray and tell God what we need and thank him for all he has done.
As I think about my story, the story God has given me to tell I realize that so much of what I write comes from my heart but I have not always prayed over it. I get excited about a new truth God shows me and instead of letting it sink in and become part of who I am, I want to share it and so I tell others. However, I have found most people are not receptive to it, somehow in my sharing I have missed keeping grace in my tone, my words, my actions. This past year has been a real lesson about that, about keeping silent sometimes and not sharing what God has shown me. I failed more often than I’d like to admit and more relationships were broken because of my “Passion” yet was it really passion?
In The Broken Way, Ann writes, “Love, before it is anything to be love at all, it is first of all patient. … patience is nothing but a willingness to suffer. Patience and the word passion, both come from the exact same root word, patrior, to suffer. Passion has much less to do with elation and much more to do with patience….Passion embraces suffering because there is no other way to embrace love.” (p.137)
Now the word patience has a whole new meaning to me, maybe being patient is enduring the suffering of biting one’s tongue sometimes, being silent and not speaking too quickly. In scriptures, I believe in Proverbs it says to be quick to listen and slow to speak. I am so glad God has patience with me to learn, understand, and gain wisdom on when to share and when not to. Most of all I guess I have learned how important it is to ask God when, how and what to share, prayer is the most important thing of all.
Thank you Jesus for your patient, passionate, love being willing to suffer for me and for sticking with me until I learn what patience and passion are all about.