Our hunger for the immediate clouds our perspective and often crowds out our ability to be thankful. … God doesn’t measure us by the list of our accomplishments, but by our faithfulness to the work he’s given us. … God reminds us daily that his most beautiful charms are the ones that take time to develop. There is no quick way to become someone’s friend or build a lasting marriage. … God’s work unfold slowly, and good things are worth waiting for. But in our lives of instant gratification, the only thing we’re slow about is learning God’s ways. … God’s enduring work doesn’t happen on the high peaks of passion but in the flatlands of perseverance.
–From “Butterfly in Brazil” by Glenn Packiam