Impatience is such a cultural issue for us. Why?
Reiterating from yesterday’s post, we are a self-gratification society. We want what we want now. No regards for anyone else.
We have fast food, microwave everything, ship direct to us 2 day priority, and on-demand Uber to go where we please.
Patience requires us to stop thinking of ourselves. We must not worry what other people think of us. Impatience stems from worry about what others will think.
When we get impatient with a child, it’s because they are interfering with OUR plans. When we get impatient in traffic, it’s because we will be late and reflect poorly on our time management skills. When we get impatient in a line, it’s because we have other things to do and these people are hindering our life.
When we think of others instead of focusing on ourselves, we exhibit love and patience.
When we stop and consider why children are not hurrying up, we build relationships with them. When we take time to ask about their thoughts and their feelings, they feel loved.
When we are patient and kind to the others waiting around us, we are showing love. We diffuse the impatience of others and make life better for everyone.
“Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV
Love is patient.
Love is patience.
Patience is kindness and selfless.