Sunday, May 4, 2014

WORTH EMULATING 08: PATIENCE


Each of us is a work in progress. There isn't one person on Earth who is perfect. Knowing this, why is it that we are so impatient with each other and even with ourselves?  

This week the "WORTH EMULATING" Focus Word is Patience.   
“We will have genuine joy and happiness only as we learn patience." - Joseph B. Wirthlin
I am currently working at a high school as a youth advocate. My job there is essentially to help the students on my caseload (along with other students in the school) be successful in school. This means helping them understand the importance of being in class, getting good grades and making decisions that will help keep them out of trouble.   
One of the greatest lessons I am continuing to learn while working with these youth is Patience. 
As I work with these students I have grown to love and care for each one of them. When they make mistakes and slip up it truly saddens me because I genuinely care for them and I know that the choices they are making will not lead them to happiness. However, even though at times I am disappointed by their actions, the love and concern I have for them never goes away. In fact, it often makes me care for them more. Instead of focusing on their mistakes, I strive to celebrate their progress and successes. 
Just as we need to be patient with others, we likewise need to be patient with ourselves.
Don't be so hard on yourself. You are still a work in progress. You will not get there all at once but rather a little bit at a time. So celebrate your little successes instead of beating yourself down for your short comings.   
When we make mistakes it is easy to feel like Heavenly Father was upset with us and that we are no longer worthy of His love. THIS IS WRONG. Our Heavenly Father loves us perfectly. There isn't anything we could do to make him stop loving and caring for us. He is Patient and knows that we will fall short. Just as I strive to be there for my kids at work, cheering them on, He is there for us.   
As you are patient with others and with yourself, it is also important to be patient with God and his plan for you. 
Things might not be going the way you had planned or moving as quickly as you would have liked. I had envisioned myself being married (or at least being in a solid relationship) before this point in my life. But that hasn't happened. And guess what... It's okay. Instead of being sad that things haven't gone as I had planned I need to be patient and know that He is in control. Just as He is aware of me and my hopes and desires, He is aware of YOU. Pray to Him. Let Him know what you want, but then have the courage to ask what He wants you to do in the mean time. Patience is not just the ability to wait but rather the ability to maintain a positive attitude while waiting. 

JOURNAL PROMPTS:
1. When has someone been patient with you in your life and how did it make you feel?
2. How could you be more patient with those around you? 
3. In what ways could you learn to be more patient and trusting in God's plan for you?

SCRIPTURES:
Psalms: 37: 7-8
Proverbs 14:29
D&C 67:13
Alma 38:4-5
Mosiah 24:15

TALKS:

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