Posts Tagged ‘Ask an Expert’

In my blog post on the last day of 2012, where I reviewed how I got on with the aims I’d made at the start of 2012 (in My Aims 2012 – Review of the Year), I spoke about how I have tried (and failed often) to be more patient with others. So although I haven’t made patience a specific aim for this new year, I do intend to try to be more patient.

As patience is something I know many of us find difficult to attain and retain, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on patience with you today.

Before we go any further, can I ask you to close your eyes for 30 seconds…
Closed-eyes

Did that feel like ages?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a very patient person. If someone is doing something for me, I expect it to be done now. If I get something new, I want to use it now. If someone does something wrong I get frustrated.

Maybe that’s why I find it so hard to wait for God‘s answers to my questions and my prayers!

…and yet I know God will always answer my prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, maybe not in the way I wanted on expected, but He will answer them.

So why not join me today in pledging to be more patient, not just with others but also with God.

Today I’m carrying on from my blog post yesterday (Simply Say Nothing) by again considering what we say. Today I have another quote for you:

Sometimes questions are more important than answers ~ Nancy Willard

When I first read this, I didn’t quite get it. After all, how can it more important to question things than answer other’s questions? But isn’t it the case that sometimes when someone asks a question, it prompts other questions to come to our mind, sometimes because we ourselves don’t know the answer to the original question but it prompts us to think about things a different way, or sometimes it may be because we are trying to encourage the person asking the question to come to the answer themselves.

Whatever the reason, just remember that just because someone asks you a question, giving them a direct answer isn’t always as important as asking the questioner another question.