Productive Patience

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace)

Tolstoy wrote first, “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow—that is patience.” Impatience is a common characteristic of the young and immature which is rarely outgrown. Of course, patience requires time, which is used for resting, thinking, or planning the important work that precedes fruitful action.

Better to be patient than powerful . . .. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence . . .  with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness. (Proverbs 16:32; 2 Peter 1:5-6)