It’s not usually a stroke of genius that brings greatness, but a lifetime of patience and persistence with perseverance.
June’s Awakening, Day 30
The weak man is impetuous, the strong is patient.
True patience grows with the growth of love.
—Gregory the Great
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 2 Timothy 3:10–11 NIV
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
Patience takes great strength, great love, and is an essential hallmark of virtually every great invention and discovery. The invention of the light bulb, the airplane, and most discoveries in medicine took painstaking failure after failure before finding the right formula and combination of knowledge and materials that worked. Great discoveries are not wrought, nor Nobel prizes won on a sudden whim or chance roll of the dice. They often take lifetimes of persistence, perseverance, and patience. Most of the time, the answers don’t just pop into our head and poof, there we have the next greatest invention of mankind. It often takes lifetimes and the building upon prior lifetimes to come to greatness and genius. Remember, every failure is one step closer to success. Knowing what doesn’t work is just as important as discovering what does.
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