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  • Writer's pictureRyan Jones

Patience is not demonstrated by sitting on the rocker.

God does not want us to be patient without acting. Patience is one of the traits of our model and Savior, Jesus Christ, as we are taught and counseled in the scriptures. In our daily lives, we are to be patient. Occasionally, perseverance, or enduring until the end, is emphasized. God does not intend for us to sit on the sidelines and wait patiently.

If I just sat on my front porch rocker and waited for something good to happen—an armored truck full of money; my kids to simply become flawless; my wife to love me more—guess what? Nothing on my list will happen even if I have all the patience in the world.

Patience means believing that your efforts and activities will lead to a better future, a better condition, and that the clouds will clear, and the sun will shine once again. Patience is characterized by the ability to study, learn, and grow. Patience is the ability to recognize that you are not alone. Patience is the ability to seek out people who have gone before you and ask for assistance. Patience is the ability to silence one's mind and listen. Listen to the spirit, to those who wish to assist you, and to what your soul is trying to tell you.

Patience is the act of sowing seeds. Patience is the nurturer of those seedlings. Patience is the joy of seeing those seeds take root and flourish. Patience means refusing to give up because they aren't growing as quickly as you would like. This is especially true when it comes to money. Patience is always factored into the budget. Patience is the ability to stay within one's means. Patience is knowing that you can attain your financial goals.

Patience is an action. Now go forward and act patiently.

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