Patience: n 1: the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient. Patient: adj. 1: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint. 2: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain. 3: not hasty or impetuous. 4: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.
Why is patience so difficult? I see so much impatience around me. And I struggle so much with patience: patience with others, patience with myself, patience with God. Why?
Patience with others. Why can’t I show others the same respect I desire for myself? When others fail to act in the ways I think they should act, I get impatient. Well, who says I have the right to say how others should act? Who is God here? Each person is on their own journey. And they are in different places in their lives than I am. Can I not respect them as they are, where they are?
Patience with myself. Again, I get impatient with myself when I don’t act the way I think I should or wish I could. When I fail to measure up to my standards, I assume failure and grow impatient. Really? Failure? Should? Could? Would I treat a friend this way?
Patience with God. I , of course, know how things should be. I offer my opinions to God regularly. Funny thing about God: He does things His way…and He’s always right (which is somewhat irritating). Again, who is God here?
I think patience is a good goal to work on in 2016, and the rest of my life. Help me, Lord.