How to Learn God's patience through life's difficulties from my award winning book.
Before I get into the details, here's a promise--Patience, My Foot! is a revolutionary "system" of insights that I have created to help you explore Everyman's struggle (that's you) for greater patience with yourself, with others, with circumstances and things, and with God.
Learn God's patience through your own life's difficulties....
Patience, My Foot!
Learning God's patience through life's difficulties
Title: Patience, My Foot!--Learning God's patience through life's difficulties
Author: Michael LeFan
Category: Christian self-help
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 9.0 x 6.0 x 0.3 inches
Publication Date: October 2004
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Synopsis of Book:
Patience, My Foot!' explores Everyman's struggle for patience with self, with others, with things, and with God. Entertaining. Humorous. Bible-based. Practical & Helpful. Anger, frustration and impatience are serious problems in the home, on the job, in the community. Patience is in short supply! Numerous anecdotes and quotes enliven this book's 148 pages. The author's own difficulties in life are briefly noted--as "credentials" on the topic of patience. LeFan shows readers how to come to grips with lifes difficulties. The advice is not a collection of platitudes, rather it is nitty-gritty, how-to information. The book was literally written with the toes of LeFans left foot. Patience, My Foot! was a featured selection in the College Press Book Club. This book is a witness to the power of patience and the power of God. Patience, My Foot! can help all of us to become more patient with ourselves, with each other, and with life.
What Folks are Saying about Patience, My Foot! :
"...[Your] book is so full of good information that I'll have to get another 3"x5" card for notes of quotes, scripture and good information. [You're] nailing-my-impatience to the wall, like [you've] been following me around. It's also very helpful for me to be more patient with my father who is hard-of-hearing, forgetful and like [you] said, "You have to repeat things two or three times" (amazing insights). I'm so impressed!
-- Glen P., Fremont, Calif.
"If anyone in the world has ever earned the right to compose a book on patience it is Mike LeFan. This book is a tribute to the work of God in the life of a very special human being. He was stricken with polio at an early age and virtually paralyzed. This remarkable man has overcome obstacles that few of us will ever know. Yet, through this refining fire comes a loving Christian spirit that is an inspiration to thousands. Mike is blessing us once again with this outstanding work on the elusive virtue of patience." -- Dr. Royce Money, president of Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
"Hello Michael, Thanks for sending the book. I'm enjoying it...[and] it will be very helpful applied to my own life. ...What an inspiration you are. May God continue to bless you." -- Jean D., Natchitoches, La.
*******"Most of us readily give lip service to the need for patience as we rush through our lives. Michael LeFan reminds us through a wealth of scripture, stories, illustrations, and his own personal struggles of the importance of seeking and developing patience. There are riches here, both to motivate and inspire. Mike is a faithful witness to the power of patience and the power of the Lord he serves. We need to hear what he says." -- Dr. Paul Faulkner, Resources For Living, Austin, Texas
LeFan had polio as a boy and is paralyzed except for his left foot. Through the years, people have told him, "You are the most patient person I know." "However," he says, "I am just an ordinary person with an extraordinary number of opportunities to exercise patience." One day an acquaintance made that remark about LeFan being the most patient person he'd ever seen, and LeFan said to himself, "Patient, my foot"! "It dawned on me later," says LeFan, "that this person did not know the real me, or how I came to be who I am." Patience, My Foot! grew from that chance comment. The son of a retired Church of Christ minister, LeFan is a freelance author living in Temple, Texas. Diagnosed with paralytic polio with full respiratory involvement in 1954 at the age of eight, he is now a "full-time polio quad" using a respirator to breathe and a power wheelchair for mobility. With the toes of his left foot, he has written Patience, My Foot! and three other books, hundreds of magazine articles, and scores of speeches, newsletters, brochures, and other assignments for clients. Despite this dexterity, he does require assistance with most all of lifes routine. He earned a degree in English with a minor in sociology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Table of Contents
- Patience--It's Only a Matter of Time
- There Are No Curtain Calls
- "I'll Pay Back the Three Zillion Bucks I Owe You"
- Patience, Patience Everywhere
- Patience Is Like a Trip to the Toy Store
- Get Ready for Spring Training
- God Is a Gentleman of Leisure
- Are We Having Fun Yet?
- Your Goat Will Get Got
- When Patience Runs Out
- "I Need Help In the Kitchen"
- "Wait for it"
It is a mark of immaturity and impatience when a person cannot wait for the greater goals of life and insists on being satisfied with lesser ones.
As a rule, a child would rather have a dime right now than to wait for a five dollar bill next week.
Patience is definitely an acquired taste, a product of God's working in us. Paul tells the Galatian Christians that "...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law" (Galatians 5:22, 23 NIV).
Patient people harvest a sweet fruit.
The Greek origin of our word "patience" implies two ideas: perseverance and endurance. It can mean either a willingness to wait, or continuance in our effort to achieve. Both of these elements should be present in our lives. It's like having moxie, chutzpah, grit.
Who wants patience anyway? And why? We all need this virtue, in varying degrees, because when we possess it we can live in greater peace--no matter what circumstances come our way. "The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble" (Proverbs 19:23 NIV).
Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.
Call it the "Lone Ranger Syndrome," but it is really aggravating to feel like you're the only person tending to the business at hand.
You remember the account in Luke 10:38-42, where Jesus and his disciples were walking through the village where Mary, Martha, and Lazarus opened their home to him. The teaching and conversation of Jesus captivated Mary, and she sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was a practical-minded lady. With all these guests in her house, there was work to be done. Luke says that Martha was "distracted by all the preparations that had to be made." She came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," answered the Lord, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Martha was impatient with Mary--and with Jesus. In addition, I can understand her impatience. When you're knocking yourself out working, or doing "the necessary thing," and everybody else is goofing off, your righteous indignation can sure flare up. We all tend to act like Martha now and then. There was nothing wrong with what she was doing--preparing food. And there wasn't anything out of line in her wanting Mary to help her do the necessary things. But this is one of those times when there was a better option. Think about it: is it better to prepare an attractive, tasty meal, or to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn at the feet of the Master Teacher? Where does patience come from? Where does it lead us?
Mary and Martha show us that impatience can lead us away from the Lord, while waiting for Him with patience can bring us nearer to His feet.
"...The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness" (Galatians 5:22).
Patience comes from God, but a lot depends on our perception of Him, others, and ourselves.
I once read a maxim that said, "If you have an impatient neighbor, chances are that he does too."
Have you ever thought much about the fact that life reflects back to you a true picture of yourself? That's how it works. "To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted" (Titus 1:15). Life is a mirror of our own thinking. When we understand this principle, we can call on God to help us renew our minds in Him, making the needed changes within ourselves--knowing that our view of life will show us an evolving reflection of the precise degree of our own renewal.
It's funny, but things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.
Do you want to Learn God's patience through life's difficulties? Then you need my award winning book, Patience, My Foot!
Patience, My Foot! received the 1995 Christian Service in Journalism Award presented by Abilene Christian University
* Entertaining * Humorous * Bible-based * Practical & Helpful *
Anger, Frustration and Impatience are serious problems in the home, on the job, in the community. Patience is in short supply!
Numerous anecdotes and quotes enliven the book's pages. Hordes of us are in that great legion of The Impatient (you know who you are), and we need more patience. You need this book
The author's own difficulties in life are briefly noted--as "credentials" on the topic of patience.
In the words of an old commercial, "Try it, you'll like it." Satisfaction is guaranteed or the purchase price (less shipping cost) will be refunded.
"I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry."
"We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence, perseverence produces character, and character produces hope."
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