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Friday, April 10, 2015

Wisdom Yields Patience

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A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.”

Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)

               What makes a person wise? I once heard that knowledge was what we learned and wisdom was found in how we applied said knowledge.      
               Solomon tells us that when we apply what we know to a circumstance we receive patience .I have seen this played out in my life in the past few days. If I dwell on an issue that affected our son, I find myself worked up and that is not good for me. I just realized that my getting upset takes away from my witness for Christ.

               The mother in me wants to communicate with these people and tell them the hardship they could have caused by their neglecting to inform our son of the extra time for them to complete the job he had hired them to do and for their lack of customer service skills when he made inquiry about the end result. Some people would say this is not my problem but I believe it is because it affects our son.

               Solomon says that a man will be seen in a better light if he overlooks the wrong doing. Could this be from God’s perspective or from man’s? I realize God has allowed this circumstance into our lives. This could be a test of our faith, our son’s creativity, and all our patience. I believe I may have initially failed this test.  All this circumstance brought out frustration in me. Stress and frustration cause me physical problems.

               Some offenses can only be overlooked by handing that condition over to God. This has to be one of them. I know the company will not listen to me or to our son because this company, while working for individuals and families, is still a business entity and has to look out for itself.

               But God can guide us through this time of waiting. He will get the victory.


  1. They say patience is a virtue, but I really believe communication is, too.

    It sounds like your son did nothing but inquire on a previously agreed upon task.

    Some companies do make my head spin, because of their inability to remember who's paying their wages...

    Hope the issue resolves itself sooner than later...

    1. Thank you for your wisdom, Mark. Our son's incident was with a moving company. They received his furnishing earlier than he had been told. They delivered his belonging twelve days after their receipt of them. They moved them a distance of less than 600 miles. I trust you didn't have to go through something remotely like this in your recent move.

  2. Wow! I needed this message today. I've been "stewing" over a situation for over a week, and it has made me physically ill. I need to commit this situation to God as well. It involves a close friend who has done something deliberately to cause a problem for us, and it is hard to let it go. Please pray that God will help us to find HIS reconciliation, in His time. Praying for your situation as well. May God answer your prayers for your son and resolve the issue in a timely and appropriate manner.

    1. Pam: Thank you for your thoughts. Friendships can be tenuous.He got his furninture delivered.But his desk was broken; it was supposed to be a temporary desk anyway. One of his wall grouping pieces, a set of antlers were also broken. These antlers came from our friend whose late father bagged the deer. Hubby and this friend met in second grade.Hubby used to work on the farm for this friend's dad. This is more of a sentimental piece but son thinks it can be glued back together.

  3. I'm so sorry this happened to you son. What a pain! I trust he is okay now. Growing up is never easy!

    1. Jeanette: Thanks for your concern. He is taking the loss of the desk very well. We have been to Office Depot twice this week looking at desks to find him a nice one. The antlers can be glued back together.

  4. Hi Cecelia! Oh brother, what mess! I know that my children will always be my children, and as a mom, I want to take over and make some heads roll... It sure sounds like the moving company wasn't very careful. But you're so right to realize that the situation is out of your hands. Please don't get sick over it. You don't need all that stress.
    I'm glad that the desk can be replaced, and the antlers glued. Nothing can replace your son!

    1. Thank you,Ceil, for your understanding comment. About 30 years ago, adear friend told mesomething that should be embroidered on a sampler for all mothers, "Once a mother, always a mother." Those feelings never go away. I had a relative who told me she did not approve of the behavior of either of her two children but she also told me, "They're still my kids."


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