Scrolling through the News app on my phone, I noticed an article titled, "The One Pitfall of Every Ambitious Person – and How to Overcome It." Curious, I tapped to open it. Inside I read that, according to the author, impatience is the one pitfall of every ambitious person. I tend to agree. It's easy to look at the things you want to accomplish or items you want to purchase and feel like you need to make it happen now. In fact, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between impatience and a drive to succeed. But while we need to be driven to succeed, have goals and make them happen, we need to also enjoy the journey and focus on the details in the meantime. The author mentioned that everything worth doing takes time. Art, music, investment, none of it occurs without patience. How much greater is the satisfaction of something after working on it for years than the feeling you get after something has simply been handed to you.
Solomon, the wisest man ever to live, wrote this, "The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit" (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Sometimes I get impatient for heaven. I wonder what's taking Jesus so long to come and why I have to put up with living in a sinful world. I don't know about you, but I'm tired and ready to go home. But we need to remember that His timing is not ours and that He is waiting out of His mercy for those who have not yet turned their lives over to Him. It also helps to remember that this life is a training ground, a school, developing our characters and fitting us to live in heaven. Remember, the longer we wait for something, the sweeter the reward. Oh how sweet heaven will be!