“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
I’ve said before that many of the fruits of the spirit completely contradict the values of the world.
So it is with patience.
We want “faster” everything.
“Faster food,” “faster money,” “faster education,” “faster internet,” “faster travel,” “faster fixes” to all of our perceived problems.
The patient, slow and deliberate person looks almost freakish by contrast.
Part of patience is the release of control and a letting go of outcomes.
If I have worked as hard as I possibly can, as diligently as I can, and yet an outcome or decision is left to another person, we can patiently wait for the decision.
If we’ve followed our doctor’s instructions for health, we can patiently wait to see if a cancer recurs.
If we have led our children faithfully and diligently, we can patiently wait as they choose a college, profession or mate.
It turns out in many cases that our patience is almost directly equivalent to our trust in God. The more we trust them, the more patient we can be.
And remember-every believer already has within himself or herself the FRUIT of patience. Stop telling yourself that you are impatient. You are impatient only because you have not cultivated and appropriated the fruit of patience.
Also remember that God provides you an unlimited supply of each fruit if you only ask, cultivate and appropriate it.
One day I told my 5 year-old daughter that I was “out of patience.”
She said, “Mommy, you can’t be out of patients, you aren’t a doctor!”
Along with comic relief, this statement reminded me that I am never out of patience. I just need to dig deep to find it.
So remember to ask, cultivate and appropriate patience!
All the Best in 2013!