Patient Endurance – the final test of character.

Are you going through difficult times right now? Sometimes God allows struggles to come into our life to test us.

Bear your trials with submission to the will of God…. We need to have confidence that God will do what He says He will.

Sometimes we do what God says and we look around and the people that are doing bad things seem a lot more happy and content than we are… or the promised blessings don’t come immediately.

But, remember… this life is a test, and we have to pass it. We have to do God’s will and then not abandon it immediately if something else looks temporarily more fun.

Patience is part of the package… just like a child, when his parents teach him to read and write and walk and talk… and he can’t do things exactly like a grown-up immediately.

Learning takes time, and so do the blessings of God. He is mindful of us always, wanting to reward us for the smallest efforts… but He needs to give us things at the right time, and in the right way… and HE knows the timing best… we don’t.

So, do good… and trust God. He will give us the desires of our hearts, and bless us beyond imagining… if we can be patient and remember who we are for a little while.

Patient endurance is a fruit of faith. It enables you to stand firm amid the storms of life.

A transitory endurance of one or two or three brief trials would not prove the individual to have an established character for righteousness; but a patient, cheerful, endurance even unto death would be necessary to demonstrate such a character.

Patient endurance is the final test of character. This may be hard at times; but His grace will be sufficient.

TGIF!

Self-Awareness

One of the most important factors in building your self-esteem and confidence is your self-awareness. But what exactly is it, why is it important and how can you become more self aware?

Self-awareness is a journey towards self-discovery. It is all about understanding different facets of yourself – how you think, what you feel, how you react to a situation, your behaviour and your attitude towards different events in your life.

Having clarity about who you are and what you want (and why you want it), empowers you to consciously and actively make those wants a reality. Otherwise, you’ll continue to get “caught up” in your own internal dramas and unknown beliefs, allowing unknown thought processes to determine your feelings and actions.

When we want good, solid information, we turn to the experts. So, who are you going to turn to for information about yourself? Who’s the expert?

You.

Does a friend, a therapist, a minister, your hero, your spouse, your parent(s) know more about you than you? They can’t. You live in your skin and mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Day in and day out. No one’s closer to you than you! The answers are in there, perhaps all you’ve needed to solve your riddles is to ask the following useful questions.

What do you want in your life?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What motivates you and makes you happy?
What do you want to change about yourself or about your life?
What are your achievements so far?
How do you relate to others?
What do you need to improve as a person?
What are your most important beliefs and values?
How do you see yourself as a person?

Strengthening your self-awareness can lead to:

Discovering your true and unlimited potentials.
Effective decision making in life.
Creating an environment that better suits your needs.
Sustaining a positive change in your life.
Focusing your energy and time towards what you really do best.

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Tao Tzu