Proverbs 14:29 - A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
Patience. It’s something that we sometimes lose. We want to relax and not be bothered by waiting, but we lose our patience anyway.
It feels sometimes that waiting is like painting a picture. You can be one of two people:
Which type of person are you? Do you have a bucketful of the paint of patience, or do you have nothing but an empty bucketful of paint.
Each day there are small pieces of patience that want to end up on your day’s canvas. But we can’t seem to find any paint. All our pieces of patience never flow our way.
You see, those pieces of patience, the small moments of our day, all add up and can cause us to become frazzled, impatient people. That lack of patience while in line at the grocery story or waiting for a doctor’s appointment can cause our stomachs and whole body to be consumed with the burning fire of impatience. This isn’t a life with fullness. It’s a life lacking what it takes to go the long haul.
So how do we become more patient people? Mindtools.com posts the article, “How to be Patient,” which gives us signs of impatience, the cause and managing the symptoms, such as reminding ourselves that our impatience rarely gets others to move faster.
Something else to consider: Take a look at the Bible verse above. It says that a quick-tempered person displays folly and this is so true. When you’re in a hurry and out of patience, you can find words coming out of your mouth that you may regret later. It’s better to have a few pieces of patience because God blesses those who have patience with a greater understanding of what is going on in frustrating circumstances.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.