Patience. That word alone brings many faces, sighs, and prayers.
What does it really look like to be patient?
I looked up the word patient on www.Dictionary.com and found this definition. “Bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay with fortitude and calm without complaint, anger, or the like.”
What does this look like in life?
Maybe there is a person in your life who is always making provoking statements in their conversations with you. Is there someone who seems to set a competitive tone in their relationship with you? How do you respond?
Maybe you have been praying for something or someone and you are still waiting on God. How do you respond in the waiting time?
Maybe your child has gone away from the Lord or has a disability. How do you respond?
Patience is often talked about with the word endurance. Endurance means “the ability or strength to continue to last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.”
Patience is most often learned through the frustrations and trials in life. Patience is learned through dealing with those difficult people in our lives, and having to wait on God for those things that we want.
Being patient doesn’t mean we allow people to treat us badly or to be a doormat for others to walk on, but it does mean our response should be done in love.
When that person in your life is making provoking statements in conversation with you, respond to the negative with a positive and don’t allow yourself to be brought down to the same level or place as them. Smile and say hello but don’t allow them too much time. If there is someone who seems to set a competitive tone, just continue to do what God has called you to do and pray for them.
If you are waiting on God right now, let your response be one of worship. Continue to lean on God’s Word, worship Him, and stay out of that place of discontentment and complaining.
If your child has gone away from the Lord or has a disability, pour out your grief and heart to the Lord. Allow Him to encourage you through and others He has put into your life. Continue to pray for your children and expect God to move in their lives in a powerful way.
To be patient is a choice. As you live life this week, journal those times you have needed patience. Write down what you chose to do and share it with us!!
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your patience with us. Teach us how to be patient with others, ourselves, and as we wait on You. In Jesus Name! Amen!