A few years ago, I met a lady at our church in Virginia. She was happily married to a sweet man, had 4 sons and was expecting a baby in the next few months. She loved all her boys but was hoping that this time she would have a little girl. A few months later, she did, and she quickly named her Patience, a name she felt was symbolic of her life. Everyone loved the idea and felt the name was perfect.
Patience is a virtue, isn’t it? Not one that we ever seem to have enough of. I have often heard people comment about patience. “Don’t pray for patience! If you do you will get something to help you learn (or try your) patience. “ I have to agree, there are many times that I have felt short of patience, or out of patience, or have quietly reminded myself to be patient. I have found though, that each time I felt that way, I think God was chiseling away bits of me that needed refining. These temporary moments of lack of patience or times that try your patience are actually reminders that you should slow down, calm down or just seek God to help you see through what the problem really is. Most of the time we are too busy doing too many things and are overextended so anything that comes up seems to throw us off schedule causing us to lash out over little things. Whoa!
So how do we get more patience? Slow down. Remember that the times you seem to have the least amount of patience are the times that you are more focused on yourself than others. Remember why you are doing the things you are doing. If you are busy doing things for others, make sure you are doing them for the right reasons. Not because you want people to look at you to see all you are doing, because then you are doing these things for yourself. And don’t neglect the people you should be serving by being too busy, like your family, that’s when you seem to lose your cool. Patience.
Do you remember the lyrics in an old song…. slow down, you move too fast…… ? Remember, the holidays are coming. So slow down, enjoy the prelude, enjoy each and every step on the way, enjoy your family, and then relax and enjoy.
Do you have patience? Has something tried your patience? Have you lost your patience? How did you get past it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments. Do you know someone that would benefit from this blog? Feel free to share my blog with them or share it on Facebook. Have a blessed day!