Patience is a virtue, but it ain’t mine.
Patience is the sweetest virtue to ask God for, but the hardest area to grow in.
When I was 12 years old, I bought my own puppy and trained him. He was an adorable beagle with long ears that he’d occasionally step on. However, he had a dark side. He did not let me sleep at night. He chewed every article of clothing around the house. He peed on our carpet. He made holes in our couch. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure how he lasted under my parents roof, except for maybe my parents trying to teach me patience. It took a lot of patience to train this unruly pup of mine.
If pets require our patience, how much more do people?
When your coworker, spouse, friend, or parent get on your last nerve. Pray for patience. It’s the most rewarding and life-changing virtue to have, but it doesn’t come easy. He takes your time, your effort, and your God to help you become a more patient person.
God is ever patient with me. He does not become angered when He’s waits for me. He gives me time. He teaches me, and reteaches me life lessons. So glad He’s a patient God.
Reflect on these texts:
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
Write out how God spoke to you through these passages in your journal.
- When you start losing your patience with someone… Stop. Drop. And pray. Ask God at that very moment to help you be patient with that individual. God loves that individual as deeply and uniquely as He loves you.