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James 5:7b The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.
In today’s epistle reading, we hear James encouraging the dispersed church to be as patient as farmers and not to “grumble against one another.” That made me laugh. We have had our fair share of grumbling since moving here. But nothing productive ever happens from trying to force growth too soon or complaining about the process. Endurance, as James encourages, truly is the name of the game. We ought to seek endurance in doing good for both the soil and our families, endurance in patience, which we learn by taking a year to grow cover crops instead of produce, and endurance in choosing to be compassionate and merciful, even when the goats escape.
MOVING FORWARD: Where do you need endurance or a change of attitude?