Even a virtue can become a detriment when taken to excess. Lately, I have found myself in circumstances which have fostered my patience to a large degree. As a result, I am now able to sit through prolonged periods of vacuousness with little disgruntlement. But I have noticed a greater trend developing, one that sees me sitting idly through one situation after the next while the future becomes the present and then fades into the past.
It can become quite convenient to delay decisions or changes under the pretense of business; having a loaded schedule or a lengthy list of tasks to accomplish can make it seem reasonable to make introspection wait. One great songwriter once said, “I was waiting over here for life to begin,” but sometimes we must make life happen. According to author Randy Alcorn, Philip II had a servant stand before him each day to remind Philip of his impending death. I would do well with such a reminder. Our lives do not long tolerate complacency.
And now I must be off, because sleep is needed for another routine Monday.