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Anything Worth Pursuing Takes Time

G Samuel Verret, Phoenix, Arizona

I want results, and I want them right now!

This is overwhelmingly the mentality of the society we live in today.

We have fast food, instant access to information through the internet, microwavable dinners, mobile devices that allow us to connect to anyone in the world in an instant, and the list goes on.

We want the dream house, the dream marriage, the dream car, and great success, and we don’t want to wait for it.

Infomercials fill cable tv with promises of quick weight loss, six-pack abs in 7 days, physical fitness and better health with little effort and in no time at all, riches through flipping houses, cars, and anything else you can think of.

Buy this book.  Buy this video course.  Buy this program.  Subscribe to this newsletter (for a fee of course).  Attend this seminar.  All with the promise of instant or at least quick results.

Sadly, millions of people fall for these schemes and spend money they don’t have extra of, to try to find a shortcut to a better life.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but there are no shortcuts to the life of your dreams, to the results you desire, or success in any venture.

The fact is, anything worth having or worth accomplishing takes time.

When I was young my mother used to always tell me slow down and remember, inch by inch anything is a cinch.

I didn’t want to hear that.  I hate to admit it, but I had to learn the hard way (and the long way) that her advice was right.

When a farmer sows seed in the field, he doesn’t expect instant results.  He’s not discouraged after a day, a week, or even a month, if he doesn’t see the results of his labor.  He knows there is a process of growth and progress that is taking place beneath the soil.  In time if he keeps watering the field, in time the crop will be ready to harvest.

That’s the way things work in all areas of life. From weight loss, better health, stronger relationships, to a thriving business it takes time.   It’s called Seed, Time, and Harvest.

What so many are missing in our day is this virtue called “patience.”

In my opinion, patience has gotten a bad rap.  Perhaps because it is  misunderstood.  Patience is not sitting idly by just waiting for something good to happen.  That’s called laziness!

Patience is being consistent in your efforts knowing that in due time, when everything is ready, when you are truly ready, your efforts will be rewarded.  I truly believe, patience is staying power.  It’s hanging in there even when it seems like nothing is working and everything inside you is screaming “GIVE UP.”

The Bible teaches us that, it’s through faith and patience that we have the results we are believing for.  Believing isn’t enough.  You must both believe and be constant in your efforts to get the results you are working for.

In the journey from where you are to where you want to be, there will be ups and downs, good times and bad, straight roads and curves, success and failures.   Don’t get discouraged.  It’s all part of the process.

Tests, trials, adversity, and difficulties are some of the events that help us develop patience.  It’s during these times we discover who we are, how strong we are, and what we really want.  If you want something bad enough you’ll endure the struggle, the frustration, and the time it takes to get it.  If you don’t you won’t!








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