Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
I believe I have failed this verse completely.
First word: Be.
Yep, I’ve blown that before. Now, ask me to “do” and maybe I can help you out. Or to ruminate, or worry, yes I’m your man.
But to “Be” anything is a challenge. Let alone what I’m suppose to be:
Be Joyful. Be Patient. Be Faithful. Gulp!
These are not simple things to ask for! To be joyful — well, I’ve managed that from from time to time, but certainly not on command.
To be patient? This is maybe the hardest request out of the whole verse. It’s just not something I’m any good at. Not for more than maybe 5 minutes at a time.
Then, to be faithful. Oh Lord, I wish I were. I work on this one, I really do, but it’s a challenge for me.
Be joyful, patient, and faithful.
Already it seems impossible, but then add in the conditions, and I’m positively sunk.
Be joyful IN HOPE. So as I try to muster up a little hope for my life, I need to do that joyfully. Yikes.
Be patient IN AFFLICTION. I have trouble being patient at the drive through lane, and you want be to be patient in affliction?
And finally, be faithful IN PRAYER. You want me to be consistent in my prayer life, reaching out to God as much as I possibly can?
Ok, maybe I can be faithul in prayer.
Which maybe means maybe I can try
to be the rest.
After all, I might not be Romans 12:12 perfect,
but I can be in 12:12 training.
Have a great week,