As children of God we should look back and thank Him, look forward and trust Him, look around and serve Him, look inward and find Him. Desperation is often the starting point to getting a passing grade in Grace 101. Patience is developed, often slowly, by waiting. We need to be patient while the Lord teaches us patience. Too often we try to impress people rather than serve people. When we pray God is more concerned with what our heart feels than what our lips say. Our greatest test of faith is believing God loves us, even when He is not blessing us like we feel He should. Dear Christian, if as the song says, this world is not our home, why do we spend so much time and money building houses in it? About 2000 years ago God had a gift to give me, but Jesus had to die before I could open it. Being God's servant is an honor because He chose me for the position. The spiritual success of my interaction with other people is largely dependent on the intensity and extent of my prior interaction with God.