“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”
Do you have patience while waiting in line?
At the grocery store?
Buying a concert or theater ticket?
Stuck in rush-hour traffic or at the DMV?
Ladies…the overly busy restroom?
It’s okay if your answer is no, I don’t always have patience either.
There are days when I don’t behave well while waiting – participating in the sucking-of-teeth thing, followed by a deep sigh and rolling of the eyes. It’s a form of impatient exercise, burning too much energy at a time when I’m not really in a hurry (apart from when I have to pee really bad).
I’m not going to talk about the driving impatience as it can be embarrassing and I’m usually thankful no one f#@!*^g heard me.
Patient behavior is an attribute that I embrace 100%, but fail at practicing somewhat less.
This past Sunday, one of our pastors talked about having patience, showing reverence to the image of God – which is you and me and all people. It doesn’t matter if it’s the elderly man in the checkout line counting out his change or the driver who actually obeys the speed limit regardless of the line of cars behind her. As a Christian, God calls me to embody his character, be slow to anger and have patience.
Patience waiting in line and with people.
Honestly, I keep trying. I do. Every day.
Patient behavior is not easy, but it’s definitely less stressful and a plus for spiritual health.
And I am far less likely to strain myself with strenuous teeth sucking and eye rolling.
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