DEFINING PROGRESS

Progress. It’s a word we often hear but rarely truly are able to acknowledge. It’s hard to see progress when it isn’t immediate. We live in a world where time is of the essence, and often patience isn’t something we practice. Why should we? Anything we need, we can typically get in an instant. If we need to get in touch with a family member, we pick a phone. If we need to find the answer to a question, we talk with our trusty friend, Google. However, with our children, especially our special children, answers don’t always come immediately; in fact they rarely do.inflatable water slide

You may spend hours upon hours repeating the same activity over and over again with your special child, and it appears nothing is happening. Be encouraged. You may have been told time and time again that the work that you’re doing won’t see many benefits. Be encouraged. You may question if it’s worth all of the heartache and hard work if your child isn’t responding to what you’re doing. Be encouraged. The Bible tell us in Romans 8:25, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Be encouraged. Jesus instructs us to be patient, because He, the very one who gave his life as a ransom for our own, knows that things take time.

Keep yourself encouraged. You must remember that your child has been created with purpose. Your child has a destiny. The Israelites walked around the walls of Jericho 13 times, before they saw their progress. For seven days, they marched. When you feel like giving up, remember you may just be approaching your “seventh day”.

As you’re waiting to see progress and practicing patience remember this, some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress is still progress. Don’t give up. Be encouraged.

 

 

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