There are a couple of positive personality traits that we over-look in today’s cultural dialogue. I want you to ponder the notion of patience and obedience. In terms of believing or working toward a noble goal these two traits are paramount.

Especially for the church people who are living in the great in between time. Jesus commanded us to work while we wait for His second coming. So for the church we are called to be patient and obedient. In life too, if you have a project or a goal in mind, patience and obedience are needed.

Let me tell you a story:
In 1894 on her seventy-fourth birthday Susan B. Anthony went out in dreadfully harsh winter weather to preside over the annual convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association meeting in Washington D.C. Delegates gathered at the opera house at the corner of Twelfth and F Streets were anticipating hearing their leader speak.

They were not disappointed.

Anthony reminded her colleagues that they were now in their fifth decade of seeking the right to vote for women.

She told the assembly:
“We shall someday be heeded, and when we shall have our amendment to the Constitution of the United States, everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people believe that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which woman now possesses always were hers. They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past.”

When the US House of Representatives and the US Senate finally approved what was to become the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution, after being rejected by every Congress for forty years, Susan B. Anthony had been dead for thirteen years. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the original drafter of the amendment, had been dead for sixteen years.

These ladies were patient and obedient to the dream and vision of a woman’s right to vote. Their patience and obedience were catalysts for change.

How about it? Are you patient and obedient to the dream God has given you for your life? If you are not sure what dream God has given you, find a church on Sunday. We can help you dream in church.

Yes, the previous sentence was written that way on purpose.

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