— Niya Tanielle
Buffering is such an annoyance. If you are regularly on the internet, you know buffering is a constant part of the experience. It seems like when you have made your stride and are watching something of importance the video stops and you see an hourglass going round and all you can do is wait.
Sometimes I can get so impatient that I immediately lose interest in whatever I’m watching and shut it down to start again. We can feel like that when it comes to life.
We can be going along with our plans and it’s smooth sailing, then the next moment we can feel like we are waiting for our life to load. The following four things will help you through the process so you don’t lose focus on your vision.
Decide who’s plan you’re on
There are two types of plans in life. There’s our plans and there’s God’s plans. It is necessary to listen to God for instruction and follow the will of God for our lives. I know I can look back and see a lot of wasted time and money trying to bring my own agenda to pass, while God was waiting for me to ask Him about it first. It is very easy for us to have the “C’mon God over here!” attitude. Realize the sooner we hear God’s direction, the sooner the buffering will stop.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
Employ patience and locate your confidence.
This has to be one of the hardest things for everyone! But patience is a necessity when trying to navigate through your Christian walk. God may give us a tidbit of what he is going to do in our lives, but it may not happen tomorrow. We want to race through the journey and get to the reward and life just doesn’t happen that way.
Take it one step at a time. Heaven wasn’t built in a day. How much confidence do you have in God’s word? Do you believe God will do what he says he’s going to do? If you’re finding yourself in the driver’s seat more than on the passenger side, give yourself a confidence check!
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:4 (KJV)
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Hebrews 10:35 KJV
When in doubt, do nothing.
When I don’t know what to do, I like to do anything to make me feel like I’m not stagnant. I don’t like the feeling of being stuck and not making any progress. Because of this I have gotten myself in more trouble than I’d like to admit. Later on I ask myself “Why didn’t you just sit down somewhere?” I have found that when you don’t know what to do, wait on instruction from God. The great thing about it is that sometimes God wants you to do nothing, while His favor goes before you and gives you sweat-less victory.
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (KJV)
Have some fun!
The devil is after your joy! If he can rob you of your joy, he robs you of your peace. Relax! If you are constantly worrying about the future, you’re not enjoying today. You’re missing out on relationships and the fun details that make life enjoyable. John 10:10 states that Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly, not have it more abundantly when we reach our goals.
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG
Will we ever master Christianity? Maybe not, but these tips put into practice will make it a little easier.