I am not a very patient person. I like things in the here and now, better yet, yesterday. I am told patience is a virtue. I don’t really possess that virtue. (Case in point: I have perfected that standing in a line, slouching and checking a clock repeatedly while my eyebrows rise higher and higher on my head stance.) I think this is the year I am going to become a patient person. Or I will get a medal for my “Impatient Stance” as I have to wait for EVERYTHING around here: lunch lines, dinner lines, slow people on the stairs, the lurching elevator, and many other things.
I am sick of waiting for things.
I think God is trying to tell me something this year. I must learn to be patient. I need to be kind while I am being patient, no “I’m being patient but would you get a move on?” thoughts. I have been in a lot of situations requiring kind patience this year and expect many more because God is infinitely patient and will keep guiding me to become a better, more patient person through situations and His word.
For example, I just found out that for my Bible study this year we are covering the fruits of the Spirit. My previous pastor back home covered them extensively within the last year, but I must be patient because everyone has different approaches in teaching things and I will get new, important, and personal lessons out of it. The fruits of the Spirit are as follows:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5: 22-23
Now I really have to be patient, because it is a virtue AND a fruit of the Spirit. Maybe Christmas break is actually closer than it seems…Or maybe I can do this. I can do anything with God, even give up my future medal for my “Impatient Stance”. Patience, patience, patience.