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Day 10: Rising Past Our Impatience

Galatians 6:9: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

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Galatians 6:9: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Impatience is something that we all struggle with. In our culture of instant gratification, we've grown used to getting everything as soon as we demand it. But the Kingdom of God is not an instant reward – it takes time, effort, and sometimes struggle to fulfill God's plan for our lives. The good news is that God promises that in the end, it will all be worth it. We must rise past our impatience, because the longer we wait, the greater the harvest will be.

Write down what triggers you to be impatience.

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Faith-In-Action: When you are impatience, you react with emotions, and then quickly rationalize your behavior with logic. "Why can't they do their job and figure this out? I need to help them get to the point. The person cares too much about the unimportant details."  If that sound familiar, here are 4 steps to "Rise Past Our Impatience":

  1. Familiarize yourself with how impatience feels. ( Impatience is triggered when you have a goal and realize it's going to cost you more than we thought to reach it.)

  2. Be Mindful of the Things Making You Impatient. Example 1A- "You're driving home and think it will take just 15 minutes to get there. But the two cars ahead of you are going 10 miles per hour below the speed limit, and they're driving side by side in the only two lanes. You realize it's going to take more time than you thought to get home—and you grow impatient."

  3. Impatience is a mindset that motivates us to reduce the costs of reaching our goals or to switch targets. (When we realize it's going to cost us more than we thought to get to our goal, our mental gears start spinning. We start looking for ways to avoid the additional costs in time, pain & distraction) Example 1B- "Stuck in traffic, you start looking for strategic lane changing opportunities or alternate routes, or we start signaling to other drivers that we are growing impatient, so they might get out of our way. "

  4. Don't make irrational Choice. We're in particular danger of creating an irrational choice when we run into unexpected costs, and we think the extra costs are someone else's fault.

  5. Choose a Bible promise or another emotion to hold on to when you feel impatience. Take ownership of the emotion impatience today. Remember your inability to manage your growing impatience is a reflection of your responsibility to control yourself. 


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