Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. (Warren Buffett, investor and philanthropist)

In a day of lightening speed Internet, we’ve become accustomed to getting what we want when we want it—like right now. The word-picture Buffett uses is a great lesson, not just in patience, but in working for long-term value rather than instant gratification. Maybe we should think beyond the present, looking to the future. What lies ahead that we can plan and work for now?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)