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The Gift of Patience - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

In the mid 1800's, a traveler from England was served a fine sauce in a restaurant in Bombay, India. He took the recipe back to England and to Lea and Perrins, the famous maker of condiments. They tried to duplicate it, but when the Englishman tasted the sauce he discovered that it was not as good as the sauce he had tasted in Bombay.

Lea and Perrins relegated the sauce to a barrel in their cellar and forgot it. Several months later someone found the sauce and tasted it. The flavor was incredible. “Time has worked a miracle,” they said. That day Worcestershire Sauce was born.

You know, one of the hardest things for most of us to do is to wait. We want immediate results. But some of God’s finest gifts to us take a little time to develop. Blessed are those who have the patience to wait.

Gandhi said it like this, “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” That is very true.

One of the most practical books in the Bible is the book of Proverbs. Consider two statements from this wonderful book.

“A patient person has great understanding, but a quick-tempered person displays folly.” (14:29)

“Better a patient person than a warrior; a person who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (16:32)

The Apostle Paul listed patience as a fruit of God’s Spirit.

Today, let’s remember that some of the best things in life take time to develop. May God give us the gift of patience!

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