Being Patient In Delays

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


He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32

An old train on a branch line was pulling and creaking slowly through the countryside when suddenly it lurched to a stop. The only passenger in the three-car train rose quickly to his feet and hurried to find the conductor. “Why have we stopped?” he demanded. “I’m a salesman and I have and appointment in less than an hour in the next town. Surely this old train can make it through a pasture!”

The conductor smiled, “Nothing to worry about, sir. Just a cow on the tracks. Gotta wait her out.” The salesman returned to his seat, fuming and fidgeting until the train began to creep forward again about ten minutes later. It chugged along for a mile or two and then ground to a halt once again.

This time the conductor found the salesman. “Don’t worry,” he said. “We’ll be on our way shortly. It’s just a temporary delay.” The exasperated salesman asked, “What now? Did we catch up to the cow again?”

What the salesman didn’t know was that the schedule for this particular train had been made so as to allow for temporary delays and cows on the track! The salesman made his appointment, but he was worn to a frazzle by his own frustration and concern.

Allow for delays. You’ll enjoy life’s journey more.


From “God’s Little Devotional Book”, pgs. 12-13

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Do you feel that you can’t do anything to bless others? There was once a man who had cerebal palsy who lived in a nursing home. But instead of feeling sorry for himself because he had a disease, he did something that became a blessing to those around him and afar. Check out the video to find out what he did!


And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12: 9 NKJV.

Because he went beyond himself and used what he had, Jesus used him as a Lightbearer in spite of his disability. He can do the same for you no matter what your circumstances in life are. Just give yourself to Him and let Him work through you.


One Act Of Kindness

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale


God will multiply what you do for others. See how He did it in this story:


Show an act of kindness to someone today.





“David Ring Life Story”

This Lightbearer was born with cerebral palsy. But instead of feeling sorry for himself because of his condition, he decided to serve God. He discovered that God’s grace is sufficient for him and that God can be glorified through him.

No matter what your health condition is, you can still be a Lightbearer for Jesus!

“The Indomitable Snowman”

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According to an American Bible Society bulletin, Kim Bin Lim and his family, who lived in Korea about eighty kilometers (fifty miles) from Seoul, were Christians who had no Bible to help maintain their faith. Their nearest church was in a village on the others side of a mountain.

One day news arrived that a Bible Society representative planned to visit the village church on the other side of the mountain. Because the farmers in the area had very little cash, the society would let them buy their Scriptures with farm produce: a Bible for so much grain, a New Testament for a chicken, a Gospel portion for an egg or two, and so on.

On the appointed day, the little village church was crowded. Hens, beans, grain, and people competed for the small space inside. Outside a blizzard ravaged the mountains.

Soon grain an beans, chickens and eggs were being traded for the Word, and happy owners were murmuring quietly to themselves as they read.

The door swung open. A fierce blast swirled in, followed by a plodding little snowman. For a moment there was silence. Then a clatter of voices. Someone pushed the door shut while others brushed the snow from the clothes of the strange figure.

Under the snow they found a boy of twelve. On his shoulders were two fat bags of beans. His face, though icy cold, sparkled with excitement.

The boy walked stiffly to the front. The Bible Society representative asked his name.

“I am Kim Bin Lim,” the lad replied. “I live on the other side of the mountain, eighteen kilometers from here. I have come to buy a Bible because I heard you were selling them in exchange for grain or beans. May I have one?”

It took a while for his story to sink in. Eighteen kilometers, eleven miles, over a high mountain pass, along a snow-covered track, in a raging blizzard. And he was twelve.

“You are welcome, Kim Bin Lim,” replied the distributor. “But why didn’t your father come?”

“He couldn’t leave the farm. We have a few animals which he has to tend in this kind of weather; and my mother isn’t well.”

“But how did you find the way?”

“I got lost several times, and I nearly fell over a precipice because the path was slippery and narrow. I was afraid I would not get here in time, so I hurried all the way. May I have a Bible?”

Or course he could have a Bible. They gave him one and kept him there until the blizzard stopped. Then he set out for home very happily carrying the Book he had risked so much to obtain.

From: “God Cares: The Message Of Revelation For You And Your Family”, by C. Mervyn Maxwell, pgs. 138-139.

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