That feeling when you’re reading a book and the author says something that so perfectly describes your thoughts and feelings that few people seem to really get. So today I am just going to let Mr. Ramsey speak for me:
“In our culture where hard-driving ‘get things done’ Type-A people are those we honor and attempt to model our success after, patience doesn’t seem to have a place. True success has an element of patience that gives the person walking with it the peace to make long-term decisions with the view of a mountaintop. Perspective comes from patience. When you meet one of these people, don’t mistake them for indecisive boobs or cowards who don’t have the spine to make the tough call. They can make the call, but only when patience tells them that people and long-term values have been considered and protected. They have a different perspective than some young hotshots. They will always value people, consensus, agreement, the team, values and the long-term effects of the decision over posturing or the perception of others.
Patience is having the nobility to wait because the result is more important than personal pleasure in the meantime. How do you develop this kind of patience? One way, the hard way, is to go through trials. I don’t like pain as a teacher, but if you are in that school, make sure the lesson is learned so you don’t have to go back for another semester.“
“Faithful people are blessed the same way the tortoise wins the race because circumstances didn’t decide for them how they were going to react; the character, the value system, that made them faithful didn’t need molding. Contentment is found in character, not circumstances that are made better with money…
We have to realize that contentment and happiness depend on character, not circumstances. We cannot always control the situations and circumstances of life. Life happens, but we can decide our attitude and responses before the situations arise.”
–excerpts from More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey
And that my friends pretty much sums up why I’ve done what I’ve done and made the decisions I’ve made in the last year and a half. As Dave says, I want to pass this class first time around and not have to pull a remedial refresher!
Be strong and courageous for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I am not ashamed for I know in Whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard that which I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12