Is patience something that our society is losing due to the fact that everything we want is coming so easily for us? One of the biggest places where I see impatience is shopping lines. I go shopping every year on Black Friday , one of the biggest days that require patience. So if this is a fruit you are struggling with I would not recommend shopping on good Friday. The way I practice patience is to put myself in the checkers position. People are yelling at them blaming them, when they are doing the best they can. I like to tell them it’s okay that they are doing a good job. It doesn’t make the line go any faster by being impatient and rude, as a matter of fact it makes it seem longer when people are being impatient. Just that patience and kindness can really change their day and their mood. Just that act of patience can be a way to make them wonder what you have and that’s the holy spirit.
Everything in our society teaches us that faster is better and that to wait for things is a thing of the past. If we are always in a hurry our lives can pass us by. The important things like sitting around the dining room table or calling someone and talking, going to someone’s house to pay a visit, playing with our kids those are the things we should treasure. When we are always in a hurry and impatient we teach our kids that. Our society already does that for us so we need to make every effort to teach them patience. Some of the best things in life come after waiting.
One of the hardest things in my life to be patient with is waiting on prayers to be answered. I pray for my family to be saved every day and it is hard to be patient when I know their lives are on the line. I want them to believe and become emersed believers and come to church with me so badly. That’s where patience and faithfulness come in. I know that everything is according to his plan and that all things are possible if we just believe. So what I can do is pray and witness to them and try to be patient and be a light that others see in me and want to know what I have. Because every time we are patient when we are rushed we become more like Jesus.
We will never be perfect we can only work at it and deal with one situation at a time. Sometimes the things we have to wait for are the things we treasure the most and some of the best things in life can happen when we are patiently waiting. So the next time your kids are pushing your button, take a deep breath and count ten or when you are waiting in line talk to someone around you and make a connection, or have faith in god’s plan and know that all things are possible through him and give it to him in prayer. No one is perfect all we can do is try to live by the fruit of the spirit and show our kids what it looks like to live that way. Fruit is not instantly ripe it takes time and attention to develop so we must be patient. When we pray let us thank God for his patience with us.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalms 27:14
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:10-12
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:7-9
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret —it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Psalm 37
Patience in the Process-Patience is perhaps one of the most loving gifts we can give our family. Impatience, rage, or anger only stirs things up, often with negative results. A mother’s patience-patience when your son needs to be disciplined for the same infraction he’s already committed twice this week; patience with your daughter as she struggles through a tough class at school; patience as your kids learn to get along and share with one another-can make a world of difference in the amount of peace and love exhibited in the home. And we all need God’s help and strength if we are to be patient moment by moment. We begin by recognizing the importance of our patience and the tone it sets in the home. Once you decide to work on being more patient and more understanding, you’ll be surprised at the amount of patience you will-by God’s grace-have for your family. –Karol Ladd