Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Leadership: Patient
Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience...
Ephesians 4:1-2 (NASB)
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
If 'God is Love' (1 John 4:8), if 'Love is patient' (1 Corinthians 13:4), if we serve a 'Gracious and merciful God, slow to anger...' (Jonah 4:2), how can Christian leaders justify impatience?

In this age of immediate gratification, has 'The god of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4) emptied our minds of wisdom and opened our mouths to temptation? Have we become spiritual toddlers, demanding service RIGHT NOW?

What have we come to expect? Job-hopping, globe-trotting, quick hires, ruthless fires, fast tracks, smart phones, hasty decisions, sudden rescissions, on-the-go, Instagram, drive-through, quick bites, online, anytime and oh-so-easy fame.

If someone doesn't serve us quickly, we complain. But that's not God's way. 'Regard the patience of our Lord' (2 Peter 3:15), Who is patient toward us, 'Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: patience with your own performance is essential. Impatience will put you in foul territory or sit you on the bench. Patience with the performance of others is even more essential, because if you don't show it...

You'll be acting contrary to the Character of God and harm your witness of Christ... which is the greatest role of your life.

'Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus' (Romans 15:5).

## Leadership Series: Patient (Part 39)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.

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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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