Patience Comes With Many Hard Times

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

Merry Christmas!!

Last week we talked about Joseph, his childhood, and how God was setting him to be successful even when he might not have realized it. This week we are going to dive further in to Joseph patience and why we should all strive to be a little more like him.
We left off right when his brothers sold Joseph into slavery for 20 shekels of Silver or about $136.16 in today currency. When Joseph reached Egypt, (more likely than not walking the entire way) Potiphar, one of Pharaohs officials, bought him. This was God working again in Joseph’s life even if he didn’t realize it. Within no time, Joseph was Potiphar’s lead man. Potiphar had entrusted just about everything to Joseph. God was with Joseph and he prospered. However, there was a slight snag, Potiphar’s wife thought that Joseph was a handsome young man and she wanted to sleep with him. Now I’m just throwing this out there, but I would assume that she was used to getting her way.

Joseph was a righteous man though and wouldn’t sleep with her. He told her, “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9 I absolutely love this answer! He didn’t say, “No your too ugly”, or “no my master would be furious”, or even, “maybe, but let’s make sure we don’t get caught.” He told her how could I sin against God. She on the other had was furious with this answer saw the opportunity to make him learn with her lies and told everyone that he came to “make sport of her” until she screamed and scared him off. Literally quite the opposite of what happened. Nonetheless, Potiphar soon found out and sent Joseph to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Again, all of this happened to Joseph for a reason. I’m sure in the moment he didn’t realize it but God was working on saving hundreds of thousands of people and needed Joseph to be able to handle tough situations with dignity and a sound mind.

Joseph was in prison for about 2 years and during that time, the prison keeper put Joseph in charge of the entire prison he was in. Again, God led Joseph to a place of leadership. Two of pharaohs officials were jailed in that same prison and they both had dreams the same night. They came to Joseph and through God; he gave them the interpretation of their dreams. One was promising and the other not so promising. Both dreams came true just as Joseph had said they would. Again, Joseph had to learn more patience because neither official honored their word and told Pharaoh about Joseph and his strong relationship with God. Here is the thing; we almost want to blame them don’t we? I know that I do. However, they were doing what God needed them to do. God wasn’t ready for Joseph to be revealed to the world again.

Later the chief cup barer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him after no one else could interpret his dreams. In short, order Joseph was cleaned up and brought to see pharaoh. Again, through God Joseph gave pharaoh the interpretations of his dreams. The key here is that Joseph didn’t take any credit for the interpretations; he gave it fully to God. Without patience and wisdom, Joseph might have been tempted to say, “Well Mr. pharaoh after hearing your dreams here is what I have determined.” Instead, he replied “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16

Joseph goes on to be second in command of the land of Egypt. His first visions come true when his brothers come down to buy grain; they literally bow down to him. Joseph didn’t hold any grudges though he sold them grain, and then placed the silver they paid with back into the sacks secretly. The story doesn’t stop there, but that’s where we are ending today. I highly encourage you to back and re-read the entire story of Joseph to learn about his patience.

God we come to you today with such a humble heart. We are thankful that you utilize us in ways that we might never fully understand. We are thankful that you help us to grow through the situations that we see as, not great. We are thankful that you continue to give us hope, and strength. God we pray that you would open our eyes to you and your ways. Help us to always give you credit for everything that happens, even when those things don’t seem to be in our favor. Help us to have the patience to realize that you are great and always good. You are working for us, not against us. Lord we would like to take a moment and ask that you open our eyes to see you and your work in our lives, open our ears to hear the work you are doing for us, and help us to keep our mouth shut so we can hear and see you. Help us to glorify you in every aspect of our lives. We pray that when others see the way we live it encourages them to live a more righteous life.


God thank you for your son, for the sacrifices that both you have made for us, thank you for being there for us, even when we lose sight of the path. Thank you.



Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts.  We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us.  We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us.  And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.

We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name


A Little More

 The other day I got a call from one of our clients.

I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.

“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”

My smile immediately vanished.

I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.

So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?” 

To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.

They gave me the details.

My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.

But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.

My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.

I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.


I made sure not to smile when I made the call.  I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!

That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.

Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!

Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal.  I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad. 

Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.

The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.

No problem.  Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.


After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.

Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.

I told him that I would NOT make any promises.

But my team went to work!

Guess what????

We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.

My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.

Here’s the point of all this.

When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.

That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.

Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol

Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!

Dan Greer