Amy Rees Anderson

There Is Something Better…Be Patient…Live Life…

Disappointments are just God’s way of saying “I’ve got something better”  Be patient…live life…

I love that quote because all of us have had those moments of disappointment…those moments when we had things all planned out in our heads so perfectly as to how they should go and then something unexpected happens and our perfect plans go completely off track. In those moments we can choose to fall apart and curl up into a ball and give up, or we can choose to believe that things went off track because God has something better planned for us…an even more perfect plan then our limited minds could conceive of, and one that will leave us far happier than we would have been if our plans were carried out the way we thought they should have been…

That’s what faith is all about – believing that there is a reason and a purpose in what is happening in our lives and that that purpose is to ultimately help us be the best we can be and find joy in that. It’s about not giving up when things go differently than we wanted. It’s about not allowing ourselves to walk around sad and withdrawn, but rather to lift up our heads and walk forward with a smile, really believing something better is just ahead…

I love the part of the quote that says Be Patient…Live Life…

I have never been good at being patient in my life. It has taken going through some incredible trials for me to finally understand the value of being patient – Patience isn’t just about waiting…it’s about living life full steam ahead with a positive attitude and a genuine smile while you wait!

“Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

Patience is living life to the fullest with a positive attitude – it’s all about improving ourselves while we wait for things to come to pass, it’s doing the best we can do at everything we do in the meantime, it’s branching out and learning new things in the interim, it’s growing and developing our talents, and it is using our time to serving others. When we are doing those things we have mastered the virtue of patience, and as Yoda would say, “A man (or woman) who is a master of patience is master of everything else.”

Don’t let disappointments get you down. Be Patient and Live Life to the fullest because whatever is coming is better than you realize and it is definitely worth smiling about!

~Amy Rees Anderson


  • Heather Vogeley says:

    Neal A. Maxwell’s BYU speech on patience from 1979…

    I listened to it every day last week, just to absorb his message. Man, this is a hard one to learn!

  • Jane says:

    Patience builds character, gives us training in empathy, and makes us thankful when what we are being patient about either comes to pass or is over. 🙂 My dad used to say never pray for patience because the Bible says It’s through trials that our patience grows.

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