Soul Food for Friday: Building Patience that Goes the Distance

Patience or that dirty 4 letter word, “wait” are rarely in my sweet spot for living. Maybe that’s why I need this week’s Soul Food for Friday to feed my soul, to strengthen my patience. Maybe you do too!

“I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.” — Margaret Thatcher

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” — Chinese Proverb

“To know how to wait is the great secret of success.” — Joseph De Maistre

“With patience you can dig a well with a needle.” — African Proverb

“Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility.” — Bishop Horne

“Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.” — Unknown

“Americans are incredibly impatient. Someone once said that the shortest period of time in America is the time between when the light turns green and when you hear the first horn honk.” — Jim Rohn

Thanks to Sharon Burkey for India “Sound Horn” Picture

“There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.” — Edmund Burke

“Patience is passion tamed.” — Lyman Abbot

“Waiting on the Lord is a confident, disciplined, expectant, active, sometimes painful clinging to God.” — John Ortberg

“To wait well, our hearts must be filled with hope that is focused on Jesus.” — Scott Wenig

“When you think God has put you on hold, don’t hang up.” — Mildred S. Barton

“Trying times are not the times to stop trying.” — Nancy Otto Boffo

“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“Waiting is the hardest work of hope.” — Lewis Smedes

“Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown.” — Bob Levey

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg … not by smashing it.” — Arnold Glasow

“The history of the Church is the story of the patience of God.” — Max Warren

“Instant gratification takes too long.” — Carrie Fisher

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Patience is a quality you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.” — Unknown

“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.” — Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who makes a city.” — Proverbs 16:32 (New International Version 1984)

“Patient people have great understanding, but people with quick tempers show their foolishness.” — Proverbs 14:29 (New Century Version)

“Realize the ultimate key to patience is not what the world does to me, but what Christ is doing in me.” — Richard Burkey

“There is only one thing necessary in order for people to develop the ability to wait for what they want, and that is the belief that what they want really is going to come sooner or later.” — Marvin A. McMickle

“Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling when you feel like stripping your gears.” — Unknown

So what patience quotes fuel your soul this Friday to wait patiently and productively?

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