Over the past two weeks I have gotten a little discouraged about the progress we are making financially. It just seems like this financial freedom is going to take a long time. I think we have been doing a budget for 8 weeks now. Yes, I do feel better, but when I look ahead getting out of debt seems a long way off. In one of our most recent lessons in Financial Peace University, Dave Ramsey mentioned Aesop’s Fable about the tortoise and the hare and reminded us that “slow and steady wins the race.” I really needed to be reminded that this is going to take patience.
Unfortunately, I am not the most patient person. I don’t think I am the only person that lacks patience, because our society is totally about immediate gratification. I need to keep in mind that I need to “live like no one else now, so that later I can live like no one else.” It takes patience.
In Luke 8, Jesus tells a parable where the sower scattered seeds which fell on many different types of ground. Some of the seeds fell on the path, others on rocky ground, others among thorns, and some on good soil. The type of ground they landed on influenced their growth. When I apply that parable to my own life I can see how the different areas of my life have produced growth, change quickly, or don’t even grow. But sometimes the changes wither and die because they weren’t planted in the right soil. I can really see this principle in my financial life. I have thrown my money on things that won’t produce anything, but will be destroyed by moth and rust. I know my husband is worried about this financial change withering and dying….but I assure him that the freedom I feel now is my motivator to slowly plod forward.
Luke 8:15 “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” What kind of crop will I produce?
I can even apply patience and perseverance to my overall health, which maybe I will be brave enough to post about my weight loss journey one day…
What are areas in your life where you need to develop more patience and perseverance?