Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
Not too long ago there were two ways to resolve conflicts. One way was through diplomacy, using compromise. It was a negotiated and non-confrontational way. If this path failed, Plan B was to find the solution by means of force, confrontation and conflagration. The ability to work things out through peaceful negotiations seems to have been lost today and nearly all disputes end in litigation and violence. Patience and persistence seem to be words only found on an old, dusty and outdated dictionary that no one remembers, much less consults. A culture of immediacy prevails in these postmodern times. There is a proliferation of sites that sell fast food because we do not like having to wait for anything. A lot of people are facing severe financial problems for having abused their ability to borrow because of their desire to have everything now. The worthy and artistic work of tailors was relegated to oblivion by the advent of Prêt-à-porter or ready-to-go a long time ago. There is a commercial on TV in which a financial company offers immediate liquidity from annuity contracts, which by definition, are established in the long-term. No doubt they are having great success with this business because of the immediacy with which people want to have their wishes satisfied.
The word of God shows us a path to follow in a direction diametrically opposed to that one that prevails in the world. The life of a child of God should be characterized by perseverance in reaching goals. Let’s not forget what I recently commented on finding easy money: “Easy comes, easy goes” The author of Hebrews tells us that God’s children “need to persevere so that after completing the God’s will receive what he has promised. It also tells us that we have “a race marked out for us” and that we need to run it with perseverance. To achieve this we just need to fix “our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Let’s put rush to the side and bring on patience, perseverance and persistence. To God alone be the glory!