Waiting. One definition according to Merriam Webster online is to look forward expectantly. However looking forward requires patience. It's fun looking forward but dealing with the opposition of waiting isn't.
In the same online dictionary patience is defined as steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity. During our waiting period, "What is taking so long," is a question repeatedly--if not often--asked. Good things may come to those who wait, but is this much waiting necessary? If I could hurry up and get 'there', wherever 'there' is for you, life would be better. Then I could hurry up and do those things that would be so beneficial to me and those around me.
While this seems like a good thought, quick isn't always good and neither is it always the best. Things created too quickly cannot be built as well as they could have been. Shortcuts are taken that although fun at the beginning cause major problems in the future. Quickly processed doesn't always mean ready to handle the pressures of success. Think about the many one-hit wonder artists or people blessed with fortunes overnight to lose them within 1-5 years' time.
We can't take today's bad habits into tomorrow's successes. Those habits will either limit or reduce the amount of time we will be able to spend when we reach new found success. In other words, taking our current bad habits with us into the future will decrease the amount of time we would have to enjoy our new success.
While waiting, patiently endure with yourself (and others!) as you continue to grow and change as a person. You're not waiting just for your dream to become a reality or for your goal to become a success...you're expectantly looking forward to becoming the person you've envisioned yourself to be.
2 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
4 So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
5 If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. (James 1:2-5, The Message Bible translation)