There’s an old story that was reportedly a favorite of past President, Dwight Eisenhower.

It seems there was an old Quaker farmer who had an obstinate mule. He could not coax or prod him to move. In frustration he said to the mule that you know because I’m a religious man I cannot curse you or abuse you in any way…. But what you don’t know is I can sell thee to an Episcopalian.

Even stubborn mules should not make us lose our religion. And we should not ever encourage the Episcopalians.

James gave some good guidance being patient. Even when things in life make it hard, be patient.

7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5

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