You don’t like to wait?
You’re not alone. Most of us don’t like to wait, but sometimes you find yourself waaaaaaaaaaaaaiting! In fact, if there was a degree in waiting, I would have a PhD.
Check out how Webster defines what it means to “wait”:
- To watch, observe, take notice.
- To stay or rest in expectation and patience.
- To stop or remain stationary until the arrival of some person or event.
Does that change your perspective from time wasted to actively participating in life’s timetable? We tend to think of waiting as being forced to do nothing when we could be productively involved in some more enjoyable activity. Most often, we don’t choose waiting with joy, patience, and self-control. We do not see it as “resting in expectation and patience.”
How can it? Song lyrics tell you, “If it feels so good, how can it be wrong?” We are groomed every day by the world around us to rely on feelings and emotions as accurate and adequate guides for decision-making.
So how in the world can we keep temptation from overwhelming us? Psalm 119 is a good place to start:
How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your [God’s] word. (Psalm 119:9 MSG)
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)
These verses are the start of what Paul calls “fleeing immorality”. He writes:
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body (I Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT).
If you’re single too, try burning less energy staring at what we want so we don’t miss out on the goodness waiting can uncover.