Jesus amazed his listeners in explaining deep spiritual truths by using common life situation and things around Him to illustrate a point: sheep, goats, coins, candles, salt, cities, sand, grain, wine, water, bread, family relationships, farming, fishing, storms, birth, death and a multitude of other metaphors. Life Lessons from Chess is an attempt to follow His model.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

18. Patience

Key Bible Verses: A patient man has great understanding.  (Proverbs 14:29 NIV)

Brandon Fleeman - Age 10
A key principal in chess is: do not reach out to play the first move that pops to mind. It makes no sense to snatch at a piece and quickly move it, only to discover too late that you are making a horrible mistake. If you need to literally sit on your hands in order to achieve this good habit, then by all means do so.

In the process of helping an individual with their discipleship, there are times when it is better not to say the first thing that comes to your mind, but, to be patient and listen to what they are really saying. Jumping in too soon with advice may throw them off the path. Discover their story. Give them an opportunity to find God’s plan for their life. Come along side of them by listening, supporting, and by providing a source of accountability. Develop a relationship.

My response: Lord, give me patience. Help me see others the way you do. Show me the way to be one who disciples. 

Thought to Apply: Effective, relationships can only happen when Christ- followers are truly engaged in the lives of people around them.  (Bill Hybels)

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