How patient are you?
If you’re like me, it depends upon your circumstances.
I have more patience with others than I have with myself. I’m more patient if my to do list isn’t overwhelming. I’m less patient when I’m running late or I’m short on sleep. I’m more patient with the day’s first annoyance than I am with the upteenth frustration of the day.
What gets on your last nerve?
Are you going through hard times that just won’t end? An illness? An annoying coworker? Debt? Infertility? Depression? Loneliness? A rebellious child? Etc.?
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Patience is defined as:
1. The bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. The ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
3. Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence:
How do you define patience?
For me . . . patience is trust.
It is trusting God and allowing Him to be Lord of my life. It is praying about my wants and needs, and believing His will is best.
He knows me better than I know myself. If He has allowed problems they have a purpose . . . and that purpose will always include my good (even if it takes me awhile to realize it,) and His glory (if I don’t mask it with my own selfishness and tantrums).
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: So, we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow, But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (MSG)
So, I don’t pray for patience anymore. I believe that in love, the heavenly Father knows my needs and provides for me. Although I would love Him to supernaturally inject me with patience; experience has taught me that the Lord will give me opportunities to practice patience instead.
I am so thankful He is patient with me.
What a blessing to know He loves us and continues to guide us. Even when our circumstances are difficult the Lord will give us everything we need to endure today and walk into tomorrow with faith, hope, and patience.
Everything we need to trust His timing.
Let’s talk: Do you pray for patience? What helps when you feel impatient?
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