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Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Sept. 07, 2007
Patience is a virtue, or so the saying goes. Recently my virtue has been tested. I cannot believe how much road construction is taking place around Indianapolis. At one point it was impossible to drive north on Pennsylvania, College and Westfield. All three roads are main north/south arteries. I also have to admit that I'm not a fan of round-a-bouts. I'm not sure that they are as beneficial to the traffic flow as the politicians would have us believe.
Traffic and road construction are similar to the most unpleasant things in life. No matter what my attitude, I still have to get where I'm going, regardless of the road's condition. I could make myself miserable and fume or I can find a more pleasant way to deal with it, realizing that in the long run, things will improve and the way will get easier.
I have to agree with Charles Swindell who said, "The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what actually happens to me, and 90 percent how I react to it." We are in charge of our attitudes, and I encourage you to explore and be creative in facing those tough journeys. A positive attitude will not only help you get through the tough times, it will help those around you weather the storms of life as well.
Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to tim@BroadRippleGazette.com