Probably what makes us stronger in all we do is the situations that come up in our lives, the people we have to deal and the things we say or do to ourselves. We have issues come up at home. We have things go wrong at work. We have our inner voice sometimes chatting away at us telling us we just need to give up or that we are not good enough. When those things happen, we can throw our hands up or we can decide to dig our heels in and get through them. Practicing patience and avoiding temptation can help us through these tests.

Patience is probably the hardest thing to manage in our lives; however, when we practice patience we will become stronger. Having patience when times get tough is a true quality of a leader. Being able to withstand the struggles and stay calm about it knowing it will all work out takes time. We can’t just be willing to wait things out for a few minutes. Some things take days, weeks or even months to work out.

Temptation is another thing we really need to learn to deal with to be a great leader. It is so tempting to do what we feel like doing rather than what is the right thing to do. It is also very easy to do what others think we should do rather than doing the right things. Practicing every time we are tempted to do what is right and not giving in to those who want us to do wrong will help us learn not to give into temptation.

Dealing with temptation and learning patience is an everyday occurrence. There are things in our lives right now where we could easily give up. People, too. However, when we are determined to wait things out and do what is right, the reward will be far greater than we could ever imagine.

James 1:12 “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (NLT)

What can we do differently today to practice patience, endure testing and resist temptation?

Action Steps:
1. Write down what you are dealing with right now in your life.
2. List some ways you can wait on the right answers.
3. Write some ways you can avoid temptations.
4. Trust God to help you practice every day and learn from His direction.