That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures. (Josiah Gilbert Holland, 19th century American novelist and poet)

In a society of fast-moving, goal-driven people, we don’t see much patience. Instant gratification drives our desires and ambitions. We want what we want, and we want it right now. Yet, as Holland suggests, fast is not necessarily best. Enjoy the anticipation of what you’re seeking, and you can have peace now and a long-lasting result in the end.

Be patient . . . See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains (James 5:7).