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Monday, May 11 2015

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; its holy ground. Theres no greater investment.

Stephen Covey
Good morning, friends, and a belated happy Mothers Day to any mothers reading this encouragement.  The older I get the more aware I become that Mothers Day is a mixed bag for many women, so my prayer is less for joy and more for peace.  I hope you all had a peaceful weekend.
Not to get too preachy, but Jesus once enjoined us to pray for our enemies.  When you think of your enemy, do you think of someone out there?  To wit, praying for ones enemies surely means to consider the jerk who harasses you at work or anywhere, or the idiot who makes your life miserable, or the something else person who is just plain mean or unthinking all the time.  We have no problem thinking of outward enemies, but what if the enemy is inside us?  What if the harm we do ourselves is far worse than all collective harm from outside us?
Of all the harms we do ourselves one certain one is the failure to be patient with ourselves.  I confess to this weakness.  Do you?  
To illustrate the harm and potential good of self-patience, let me offer a few examples:
* Improving ones health takes time, effort, and persistence.  Without patience it will never happen.
* Any goal worth its salt involves many steps.  Without patience it will never be reached.
* Any change one wishes to make certainly requires time.  Without patience it will never be.
* Any achievement one seeks is likely out there.  Without patience it will never be found.
How do you turn those nevers in to likelys?  Patience and persistence with yourself.  Get better health; reach your goals; make your changes; find your achievements.  By all means, quit being your own worst enemy.  If anyone should be patient with you its you.  You know the truth about you.  You know the real and imagined obstacles in front of you.  You know it all about you, so be patient, and keep on persisting.  It will, I agree, be the best investment you can make in yourself.  Be your own friend, not enemy, and get going!  I have all the faith in the world in you!  Have a great week.
Colossians 1:11-12

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