Patience

And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.                                                                                               Romans 5:4 (Living Bible)

On this date 52 years ago the first manned moon landing took place, with Neil Armstrong steeping from his lunar lander and voicing his famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

That technological marvel was accomplished through the efforts of some 400,000 people, working in various capacities over many years to make this historic even happen. They also did this, for the most part, with old analog technology. The phone that you carry in your pocket has vastly more computing power than was available for that launch to the moon.

We take so much for granted now as we have progressed in technological knowledge. If the show we are streaming has a blip, we become upset. We have become used to instant access to everything. Yet this instant access to information sometimes shortcuts the processing time that we used to have to employ in getting that information. We now expect instant results, quick solutions, and immediate gratification.

Is it any wonder that there has arisen a sense of impatience among us? We want it (whatever it is) NOW. If we do not get it, we feel cheated. This growing sense of impatience and entitlement is leading to increased violence. We see this daily, and it is worrisome to say the least.

Once the instant gratification phenomenon is available, it is expected. It is hard to slow things down when we expect instant results. Anything less makes us angry.

So, I have no answers for our human nature. That’s us! But I do hope that we can look at our own sense of instant gratification, and try to slow down the process of our expectations.

As the old saying goes, “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!”

Prayer: Lord, you have given us great gifts to improve the world. Help us to be wise stewards, Amen

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