This month’s guest blogger is another girl who worked with both Sarah and myself at camp. Margo has the biggest heart, loves everyone who crosses paths with her, and is one of the easier people to become friends with. Above all, Margo has a deep love for Jesus and it shows through her thoughts and actions. Here is our guest post from Margo on our Patience series! -Christi
Hey guys! My name is Margo and I am 19 years old. I know Christi and Sarah from Camp Sandy Cove. In June 2016 I graduated High School and then moved to Bellingham, Washington, where I lived for four and a half months. After moving back to Delaware on February 21, I took a job working for the directors of Camp Sandy Cove, as the nanny for their two daughters. In the fall, I plan to attend Clarks Summit University to earn my associates degree with a focus on missions and ministry. I don’t know when I officially became a Christian. I’ve fallen out of touch with God several different times, and I can only thank him for his love and forgiveness, and for allowing me to return to his family, time after time. 🙂
Patience is something that I definitely have to work on, especially with being a nanny, so please don’t feel like I know all of this and practice it everyday. I studied and wrote multiple drafts before sending in the final.
So without further ado-
I’ve determined that there are three areas in which our patience should be developed.
Patience with Others
2. Patience with God
3. Patience with Ourselves
If you notice my title, “Love, Faith, Hope” you’ll understand that patience with others is love, patience with God is faith, and patience with self is hope.
(Quote by Adel Bestavros)
So, here we go!
1. Patience with Others
As a kid, my parents often read me “My ABC Bible Verses,” in which the letter A is “A soft answer turns away wrath.” (Proverbs 15:1) Don’t ask me what the other 25 letters are, but the letter A always stuck with me.
I currently work as a nanny, and believe me, I don’t know how anyone with children has a grip on life. I am tried everyday to be loving and patient with those kiddos as well as others with whom I interact. In the summer, I work as a camp counselor, as does every other writer in this blog so far. I’m sure that if you asked any one of them, that they would all agree that there have been many trying times in the past.
Campers who whine about putting on longer shorts, horses that refuse to walk (ahem, Shrek!), or even other staff members who aren’t putting out 110%.
As hard as it is, and as cliche as it is, patience is a virtue, and it is important to remember to be loving and patient, even if you’re on your last straw.
2. Patience with God
In Psalm 46 it says, “Be still and know that I am God.” In my life, that verse has somehow been a theme. No matter what stage of life I’m in, God has always reminded me of that verse.
Through high school, and even the year following graduation, I have struggled with anxiety. If you don’t struggle with anxiety, have love for those you know who do. I mean, throughout middle school, I thought that anxiety was just another term for worry. I would say to my friend (who suffered with anxiety) “Don’t worry, just shake it off. It’s really no big deal.” Let me tell you, after suffering through my first anxiety attack, I understood how big of a deal it really was.
Anyway, for the longest time, God through this verse at me, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I have goals and dreams to become a missionary and serve in ministry, and yet, I couldn’t help but impatiently wait for my days of long term ministry to start. Again, although I was seemingly firm in my faith and excited to serve God on a bigger scale, I couldn’t “be still” about the fact that my life consisted solely on church and school.
So – be still, be patient, and know that God sees you and has a plan for your life. Continue to serve God and be patiently waiting to see what he has in store for you.
Alternatively, when events take place that are heartbreaking and saddening, I often question God.
It is the number one question I ask God, and for the most part, he doesn’t answer right away. In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
And I am so glad that he has that plan and control over what does and doesn’t happen in my life.
Like it says in Isaiah 40:31, “but they who wait (patiently) for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
3.Patience with Ourselves
A few weeks ago, on Good Friday, I was burdened by a very intense feeling of guilt. The thought that Jesus had suffered and died for my sins – it was mindblowing.
And yet, instead of feeling loved and accepted, I felt angry at myself and guilty about the ways I have often rejected God. Instead of embracing his gift of eternal life, I had put it on the back burner, and had gone looking for something better. After finding nothing that would suffice (Hint: there’s nothing out there that will…)
I returned to God, feeling overwhelmed with guilt.
My mind roamed to thinking of the Apostle Paul (aka Saul- originally.) If you don’t know his story, definitely go check it out (Acts 8-9)
How much guilt did Paul feel? And yet, he was patient with himself, knowing that with God all things are possible.
That means a murderer, like Paul, can be changed through Christ.
An addict, to whatever it may be, can be changed through Christ.
A thief, a prostitute, a racist can be changed through Christ.
When you mess up, be patient with yourself, repent, and start working with Christ to move forward.
Until next time,
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