Passports give us access to a foreign land. For some of us, patience can be more foreign than Tahiti or Timbuktu.
We want what we want, and we want it now. Whether we want the kids to calm down, a coworker to cooperate, or a cruise ship to carry us away, we are worn out from waiting.
How do we get our hands on the elusive passport to the patience we need?
Of course, we know this. But are we doing it? Praying for patience reminds us of our need for change, not for others or circumstances or God to cause change.
"We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need." Colossians 1:11 NLT
When we focus on God, all he's done for for us, and the great patience he has with us, that reminder helps us be more patient not only with others but also with waiting on Him during difficult circumstances.
"But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! "
1 Timothy 1:16-17b NLT
Stop, think, and do whatever it takes to slow down and practice patience. Count to ten. Speak softly. Sit still and breathe.
"Patience and gentle talk can convince a ruler and overcome any problem."
Proverbs 25:15 CEV
Patience equals peace. Seek peace in dealing with others. Live in harmony with one another. Forgive one another as Christ forgives us.
"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ... And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful." Colossians 3:12;15 NLT
As we enter this holiday season, may the fruits of the Holy Spirit rest upon each one of us. Beginning with patience, may we experience God's best in this season of celebration and into the coming new year.
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:22 NLT
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