9/10/14

WWW: Patience Is A Virtue

You know the old joke among Christians that goes along the lines of “Don’t pray for patience or God will you put you in situations where you have to learn it”? Well, I certainly have not prayed for it, but sometimes God knows what we need without asking and I have been getting doused with lessons. But most importantly, and most specific for this article, is my goals.


You can ask my poor husband or parents who have had to deal with my impatience at my weight loss and fat loss my whole life. I don’t want to lose 1-2 pounds a week. That’s ridiculous. I’m not waiting a whole month just to lose 5 pounds. Apparently, this means I am a little impatient. So be it. I just think that’s crazy. I thought I could go around it. Well, I did, and now I can’t lose anymore because my body is trying to catch up. So here we are, back at patience. 

I could attribute it to the world we live in. You know, the “we want it now and fast” mentality that my generation has come to accept and use and anything less is not good enough. My generation, including me, needs a large heart change towards patience. So what does patience mean? 

Dictionary.com defines it as “the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like; the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; steady perseverance, even-tempered care, diligence.” I have trouble with all the above. So I guess that means the shoe fits. So while I am learning about patience, I am realizing just how hard it is to reach our goals. Some people, can achieve weight loss or gain or muscle mass so easily that it makes me sick. But, there is some area in their life that they do have to struggle with and learn patience and “steady perseverance” for.
               


No one avoids this in life so we must all learn this and put it in practice. Whatever goal you are reaching, it will require GREAT work and work ethic but even more patience. I love the steady perseverance definition along with the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. It makes it sound like a choice. The willingness. Sometimes I may choose to become annoyed and irritated and take my anger out. But, even though my emotional and mental state is not patient, my physical is. It will stay true and strong even while my inner fights the battle. However, that’s the biggest place it needs to be. You see, patience is a fruit of the spirit and that needs to be shown whether I’m chasing my goals or not. So hopefully, as we share in each other’s struggles, I can encourage you to stay faithful to your goals but more importantly to God and his promise. Rest in Him and continue to find patience and peace. Our goals may come with very hard work and take a very long time and sometimes not at all. However, His timing and plan is perfect. Stay patient Endu. Besides, it is a virtue!

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.