By Michael C. Carson
---- — One of the greatest challenges in life is effectively embracing patience.
When will this weather change? When will my promotion come? When will the person of my dreams materialize?
Patience is waiting under pressure with grace. It is stated that patience is a virtue. Truly patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit: (Galatians 5:22).
Farmers teach us about patience.
“Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7)
Want to strengthen your faith? Strive to effectively address adversity. The more patience we model in whatever situation, the more control we have in that situation.
“The trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:3)
There are some feelings and attitudes that can hinder our efforts to be patient. Writer Doug Fields in “The Enemies of Patience” shares that we can find ourselves overloaded in life.
“We try to cram too much activity into our schedules and this results in a lifestyle that has no margin. It leaves no breathing room. So when we find ourselves running behind, it breeds impatience. When you live a life with no margin, any little mismanagement or unforeseen circumstance can result in losing your patience.”
Sometimes we embrace unrealistic expectations.
“Many of us place high expectations on those closest to us. Typically these people are our spouse, our kids, and our closest friends. Then, when they don’t live up to our expectations, we grow impatient. But, the truth is that people cannot possibly live up to every expectation (many of which are unspoken) that we place on them. People aren’t perfect and sooner or later, they won’t live up to our expectations.”
And we can let our pride interfere with our desire to be patient.
“Impatience rears its ugly head whenever pride is challenged. When we selfishly think we deserve better treatment than we receive, our egos puff up and our impatience blows out.”
Everyone we come into contact with deserves our trying to be patient with them.
“Be patient with each person.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14 The Message) Remember “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
Victory comes through patience: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Strive to embrace God’s timing for your life.
“Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams.” (T. D. Jakes)
So the next time we are standing in the grocery line and the line does not seem to be moving let’s ask God: “God how are you trying to bless me right now?”
Peace with justice, be blessed real good, attend worship, and families matter.