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Infinite Patience Produces Immediate Effects

I remember a while back I read from someone how Jesus tricks us, by saying at first that all we need is just a little willingness and then later in the text, saying something like we need to give great willingness to the course and then crescendos to the statement, “Infinite patience produces immediate effects.” and how much Jesus asks of us with this statement.

I was just reading someone talking about how they sometimes want instant gratification and get upset and/or disappointed when this doesn't happen and as I read what the person said, the statement, “Infinite patience produces immediate effects” came to my mind.

Did Jesus really trick us? Were we fooled into thinking that we only needed to give just a tiny bit of willingness only to be told later on that we had to have infinite patience? A seemingly impossible feat by the world's standards.

I'm not sure this is so. As that statement popped into my mind, I didn't think of myself having to sit and be patient and wait for something to happen. I found it to be a statement of release from waiting, of actually having to be patient. A statement of non attachment, to desire and outcome and accomplishment and by this a release from time, thus a release from the world's definition to what patience is. A knowing that I need do nothing.

By not being attached to a desire, an outcome or to accomplish something. There is nothing to block my little willingness. I am open to the Now. I am open to this moment as it is. I am open to God.

Now has infinite patience produced immediate effects. I guess this is my little realization for the day. I can't say it is Truth, but its effects feel true. Without an attachment to accomplish, is it already accomplished. Without a desire for something to happen, has it already happened.

There are so many times that I want instant gratification and I lose patience when it doesn't happen. Seems strange at this moment as I type this, that infinite patience is instant gratification. But not a gratification of accomplishment through desire, but a gratitude of What Is, Now.

Take care,


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Comment by Eric G. on January 3, 2010 at 11:47am
Thank you Ruby and Melody.

I'm probably not going to be on here much for a while. Tomorrow I start school, so I assume that I am going to be pretty busy. Take care and I'll pop in from time to time.

Comment by Melody Vantucci on January 3, 2010 at 9:38am
Yes, absolutely beautiful. I so relate to "instant gratification" as well as "wanting it thus".... This post touched a part of me that knows....that infinite patience will produce immediate results, but not in the way the world thinks about either "infinite patience" or "immediate results."

With Gratitude,
Comment by Ruby on January 3, 2010 at 1:37am
Beautiful Eric. What "only infinite patience produce immediate effects" means for me is ... infinite being of the eternal ... (out of time) the Divine in us .. Spirit. Thanks for the post.

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