It is critical to learn self-control and endurance for the greater good. According to Hebrews 12:2, Jesus, the ultimate example of faith, endured the cross, undeterred by the shame, for the joy that lay ahead. Similarly, for those with long-term goals, the journey might require short-term sacrifices. Endurance and sacrifice are required to pave the way to a brighter, more prosperous future. It is the realization that by deferring immediate gratification, we are investing in something far greater. Thus, the journey is more than just a test of patience; it is also a testament to our unwavering faith in the rewards of tomorrow.
The rewards of tomorrow far outweighs any pain or shame of today. As a result, when the world condemns such sacrifices, branding them as weakness or folly, we pay no attention. There is strength in restraint, self-control, and sacrifice for a higher purpose. Jesus chose to endure the cross over calling down fire, brimstone and a million angels to set himself free. A young apprentice endures the painful journey to mastery. Someone choosing to endure a bad marriage to protect their children from the horrors of growing up in a broken home. Such a fierce and powerful love, and it extends far beyond their own pain to protect their children.
So, the next time you find yourself at a crossroads, remember that sometimes the most powerful choice is not to act, but to wait – to exercise restraint for the sake of a better, brighter future. You might have the authority and the power to act right now, but doing so would be a mistake. In the wise words of Proverbs 17:27, be a person of understanding, and remember that true strength often resides in the ability to use few words and to be even-tempered, for the world is watching, and wisdom is a beacon in times of adversity.