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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” - Colossians 3:12 (NIV). 

Road users in Uganda are likely to witness two constant happening. First, there is that driver who keeps in his queue, quietly moving along with sometimes a painfully slow moving traffic. He bids his time and after a while traffic clears and gets to his destination. Then, there is that ever impatient driver, who has no time to stick to a queue, but keeps crudely jumping others in front, sometimes ending up causing a third or fourth lane, which then blocks the rest of road users and brings all traffic to a standstill.

Now, there are cases where those who jump queues can be excused because of an emergency, just like hospital ambulances. However, there are those for whom this is a habit, and actually they despise those who stay in their lane, as hopelessly slow thinking. It is like others have nowhere to go or have urgent matters to attend to, just them alone! Some people call that being selfish, a vice.

Being patient is one of the virtues that characterize the new life in Christ. Hebrews 6:15 says, “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” Abraham waited patiently for God to lead him to the Promised Land. The Psalmist says, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3). The Apostle James observes, “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” (James 5:7-8).

There are rules that govern our civil conduct and when we observe them we are all at peace. Being considerate of others, is one of those expected of any road user. However, because of the impatience of some, the police has to be deployed to make sure everyone stays in his lane. The person of the world needs someone to caution him to be patient, but for a believer being patient is decidedly one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise and pray that you help me be patient in my affairs, as a sign of the working of the Holy Spirit in me, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

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    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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