"When I have gained an understanding of true cooperation necessary for each activity and have lost sight of self in service, then I have the knowledge of His presence abiding within, and more and more I express patience-the patience that feeds my soul. I can walk and work and wait peacefully in Spirit and know all is well!"
Patience is the chief cornerstone of soul development. It is, moreover, the watch set at the gateway leading from the physical body to the soul. With it we not only meet the weaknesses of ourselves, but are able to estimate the strength found in developing various attributes of the soul-love, faith, and hope. What we are, what we have been, and what we intend to be are shown more in the patience we exhibit than through any other virtue. It shows just how we have stood the tests in the past: how we have met and conquered them, or gone down in defeat before them. Patience shows just what our development is: whether we are ready to bear with others and overlook their shortcomings, or are primitive in thinking that our way is the only way to truth and real understanding.
"In your patience possess ye your souls!" "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" When we possess this priceless gift, received from the hands of the Father, shall we, in order to assert our rights, pay so high a price that we would give our soul in exchange for self-aggrandizement?
There may be much to bear before we can have the title to the possession cleared in our minds, but through patience in each trial we become stronger for the next. The Master was asked. "How oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him-till seven times?" The reply was, "I say not... until seven times, but until seventy times seven!" Is seventy times seven built within us? Are we ready to bear and forbear until the end, or ready to give insult for insult, blow for blow? Are we not, by our 1ack of self-control, showing only how far we are failing to measure up to the standard we have set for others? Much is buried deep within these souls of ours, much that we should know. As we more and more exercise patience and put into practice what we know, we will grow in grace, knowledge, and understanding. Lord, direct us in the patience of the Christ!
As we understand more perfectly what it means to be a channel of blessings to others and become more aware of the presence of the Father, greater patience will find a place in our lives.
"Be patient; stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh," we are instructed. When? This is the time- today. The time draws nigh for each of us to become more aware of the necessity of magnifying His presence through the patience we have with our fellow humans, in order that He may be glorified in us through the promise of the Father. For "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my little ones, ye have done it unto Me."
Then let our prayer be expressed in these words:
How gracious is Thy presence in the earth, О Lord! Be Thou the guide, that we with patience may run the race which is set before us, looking to Thee, the Author, the Giver of light. 262-24