We live in a world of immediate gratification. Fast food restaurants, cell phone service, lightning fast internet service, the list goes on and on. The advancements in our culture over the last 50 years has been incredible and has made our quest for a more convenient life a reality. When these advancements became reality, we thought they were amazing. Today we look at them as a common part of our world. We even become impatient with them when they don’t work properly or move as fast as they should. How many times have you become upset because it took more than 5 minutes to receive your meal in the drive thru window, or your internet service stopped working? I can tell you honestly that this has happened to me more times than I can count.
I have recently learned a great lesson in patience and had my eyes opened to a valuable part of my life that I have taken for granted. I was travelling about a month ago and while parked in the hotel parking lot someone broke into my vehicle. The driver side window was broken, paint scratched and the electronics were not functioning properly. I was not far from my parents’ home so I drove it there to have it fixed. I dropped it off at the shop and the rental car company brought me a car. I thought I would be there for a few days and be on my way again. I thought wrong. After a week I began to call, each time being told that it would only be another day or two. Four weeks later, I got my vehicle back.
During that time, I tried to make the most of it and continue to work from my mom’s house. My patience was wearing thin and I complained about it. Today, a couple of days after getting my vehicle, I am reflecting on this time and I realized how grateful I really am for so many things in my life but sometimes I take them for granted. I needed this time to slow down and see things differently. I had areas in life that were bumpy but I just kept moving along, not paying attention to the bumps. When you ignore your vehicle when it needs maintenance, eventually it will begin to slow you down. I got slowed down so I could see the areas that I needed to focus on.
There are seven areas of your life. When you live a balanced life where all areas are equal, everything runs smoothly but when the areas are not equal as you move through life, it is bumpy. When an area needs attention, it will begin to cause those bumps. Just like we try to find the cause of the bumpy ride in a car we should look for the cause of the bumps in our life.
Zig Ziglar said, “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”