Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.
~ Lord Chesterfield
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
~ 2 Peter 1:5-8
I was at a convention in Atlanta in 1984. Maya Angelou was the keynote speaker. She was gaining in popularity and I remember that my mom wanted desperately to pack herself in my suitcase just to hear her live and in person.
Thousands of librarians were packed into this convention center. The speaker before Dr. Angelou was a little old classic librarian type. She began to speak. She spoke of the history of libraries in the USA. She took us across the prairies in covered wagons, from coast to coast. She began getting a bit lengthy (as if you could not guess) and people began chatting, then outright talking as this pioneer spoke.
Dr. Angelou quietly got up, affirmed the speaker, chastised the audience for ignoring our history and then began her own keynote. She recognized what we had not, and she was gracious as a favorite teacher catching us with our hand in the penny jar.
Today, try and listen to someone’s story. If they go beyond the time you have to listen, ask them to continue at your next meeting. Try and remember a key point that you can help them pick up on. It is about them, and it is about you being burnished like gold.
Because of Him,