Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)
Patience is like good food. It nourishes our bodies, gifts, and talents; it promotes the growth that God expects. Impatience is like fast food. It's quick, easy, and tempting, but the growth it brings is harmful.

In the book of Genesis, Sarah's impatience for a child led her to have a son by her servant. His name was Ishmael. His legacy is the Muslim faith. In the Jewish exodus, impatience produced complaining that turned an 11-day journey to the Promised Land into a 40-year trial.

In King Saul's decision not to wait for the prophet Samuel before going to war, impatience cost him his kingdom and eventually, his life (see 1 Samuel 13).

Impatience with loved ones harms friendships, children, and marriages. Impatience at work yields job hopping or frequent employee turnover. Impatience with money creates credit card debt and foreclosures.

Impatience in the talent industry causes wrong decisions, bad connections, and harmful outcomes.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ are called to raise a new standard. His standard is higher than pushy performers too ready to book any job. His standard is held by patient performers preparing to book the right job.

They know that representing Christ is their main job, and they've already been cast in that role. As for additional roles, they wait on God. And while they're waiting, they grow stronger (see Isaiah 40:31).

Flying high is their promise, and His promise will be fulfilled--in perfect timing.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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