Patience: Second Sunday of Advent

I am like the weather when it comes to patience. Sometimes I feel I can be the most steadfast, even-keeled person in chaotic situations and in the next moment I can give in to a panic or disruption to my timing and scream the end of the world.

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Patience is interesting.

And it’s a choice.

When I would do projects with my kids when they were little, I would need to choose patience in letting the project take longer in order let them try, maybe fail, or just do it slower.

I confess look back and realize I could have done better with that because I was too caught up in getting it done.

I actually ache over the lost experience of watching them figure things out. I can’t go back and just be with them. But I can definitely learn from those experiences.

So how does patience fit for our Second Sunday of Advent?

Israel was told a Prince of Peace was coming. An Everlasting Counselor. The King of all Kings! The promised one, Messiah!

Generations would come and go and still they waited and looked forward to the day.

I’m curious sometimes the Jews as individuals and families handled it. We don’t really know.

What we do know is God kept his promise and the Promised one came in Jesus the Christ.

I like this verse from Romans how it speaks to patience.

“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25 (NLT)

Patience and confidence.

If we believe what we say we believe, that God is for us, with us, and the good work He started in us He will bring to completion, then patience becomes less about being tolerant (remember it’s a good work).

First, it actually helps us not miss the beautiful moment we are in moments where we need patience.

Second, there is a restful peace and trust available to us when we take confidence in God being at work even while wait.

I know for me in my past, present, and future there are situations I need to live in patience.

During this second week of Advent, go ahead and write down a couple things that you want to choose patience in.

Parenting?
Job future?
Unsettled relationship?
Something you to rush the outcome and you need to let it be?

Share what you wrote down with your family. There is strength in your house in each other. This week, it’s wait and see with confidence.

God is good!

Peder

Saying Goodbye Without Letting Go

Kinda of a deep title that might make you think this about a relationship, passing of a loved one, or a season of life.

Nope. It’s about a TV.

This week, I said goodbye to this television.

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It still works. It’s not HD obviously. It has no inputs other than a cable input. That’s it. It’s a big screen, the color is a bit untrue, and I think I was on my 5th remote. Yes it did have a remote. So what’s the big deal?

It’s the first TV I ever personally owned. When I got my first apartment living on my own, my dad took me to get me gift to celebrate my first job and apartment. It was this tv.

I’ve hung on to this thing and up until a few years ago was still using it in some regards. I hate throwing things away. It’s not because of the item itself. It’s because of what it represents and all the memories that go with it.

With this TV, my dad is no longer with us and I get worried I’ll forget about that small moment with him. I can still hear his voice with his favorite line that said, “If we have to spend a little extra to get what you want, then let’s spend it.” I don’t want to forget that stuff.

The truth is I won’t. How do I know that? I just told you what I remembered. I won’t always think about it but in God’s beautiful creation of the brain it’s in there somewhere. And when I see any old TV or my kids suggest we get a widescreen HD as big as the side of the house, I get to tell them again about my amazing first TV. Kids love to hear the phrase, “When I was a kid…”

It was and still is a great first TV :)

Do you have something you’re afraid of parting with because of sentimental value? Tell me about it in the comments.

God is good all the time.

Peder