By David Coy
t is said that patience is the quiet endurance of what we cannot but wish were removed, whether it be the withholding of expected blessing or the continued experience of active sorrow. Some people have the earnest expectation (hope) for a better or brighter tomorrow and, thus, wait with patience. Other circumstances might demand that we endure sorrow or suffering. This is not pleasant but can be enormously beneficial to us and those around us. Some people or cultures have been taught that it is noble to remain stoic throughout any circumstance of deprivation or tribulation. Yet, is this the same as patient endurance? Patience is from the Greek hupomone which means “steadfastness, constancy, endurance; characteristic of a person who is not swerved in their resolve to their deliberate purpose, loyalty and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.” This is why it is believed there exists a patience of unrenowned nature wherein true nobility resides.
This is one key tool that enables us to never give up in sorrows, trials, or tribulations of life. Bob Spurlin has written a number of books that encourage, uplift and strengthen the soul in what may seem like the darkest period in our lives. One individual describes him as the Job of recent generations. Tribulation or sorrows truly test our ‘metal.’ That is, they are an opportunity for us to build our constancy under pressure or stress. As we endure we then ‘prove’ to ourselves and to others our areas of strength and possibly our weaknesses also. We all have areas that need improvement or strengthening. As we associate with people who help build those character traits that allow us to be the type of person we are capable of being, they also support us in never giving up.
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