There will be times in life where you will need to wait.

And for many of us, those times of waiting can be difficult. We want what we want, and we want it now. But (as we all know) we can’t always have what we want when we want it.

In those times, we may find ourselves asking, How long? How long do I need to wait? And although this response may be common, what if there was a better question to be asking.

Instead of asking, How long do I have to wait?, what if we asked, ‘How’ will I wait, regardless of how long?

Because how you wait matters.

In those times of waiting, will you choose to make the most of the time that is passing? Or will you be so focused on what ‘isn’t’ here yet, that you end up missing out on what’s already right in front of you? Will you be bitter for what hasn’t happened? Or will you be grateful for what has?  Will you dwell on your mistakes? Or will you learn from them?

If you focus on how long you have to wait, you can grow discouraged if things don’t happen in the timetable you want. But giving attention to ‘how’ you wait can not only shield you from the discouragement of the delay, but can also transform the seemingly barren time of waiting into a season of ongoing growth.