“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
Patience is just one of those things that seems impossible to master. My personal journey has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs on this path towards becoming a “patient person”. The funny thing is that there was a time when I thought I was really a patient person, I mean I thought I was the epitome of caring, considerate, kind compassionate and of course patient.
We all have opinions of ourselves that usually do not mirror the Lord’s opinion of us. I came to this reality for myself one Sunday morning when our Bishop was preaching about prayer. He was encouraging us to ask the Lord to lead and guide us into all paths of truth “about ourselves”. That was the light bulb or “aha” moment for me. I always pray and ask the Lord to lead and guide me but that was it. I just asked him to lead and guide me in a general way but I never thought to ask him to lead and guide me to all paths of truth about “MYSELF”. WHOA……that was something different. When I began to do that, I noticed that my “ways were not his ways and my thoughts were not his thoughts”.
In prayer the Lord showed me things about myself and believe me it is a humbling experience. MY GOD. So, I saw the ugly truth of how impatient I was and I was shocked! But because the Lord is so good he showed me what I needed to do to be more patient with my children, my husband, my church members, friends, co-workers etc.
- I learned that I needed to be honest with myself and TAKE A MOMENT when needed. Being stressed and overwhelmed caused me to be very short tempered and impatient.
- SEEING THINGS FROM ANOTHER PERSON’S PERSPECTIVE, I didn’t realize how much I always made things about myself and rarely did I consider another person’s point of view. Considering another person’s view helps you to be patient.
- BE KIND I know it seems strange but kindness really does help promote patience. I always considered myself to be a kind person but I was not kind according to the word of God. Ephesians 4:32 – “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.
- LEARN TO BE FLEXIBLE Believe it or not being flexible lends itself toward being more patient. CRAZY huh?
- WATCHING MY WORDS For me this was a very important lesson (and I am still working on it). Like I said previously, I have always considered myself to be a kind person. But, through prayer I realized that I needed the Spirit to help me have a kind spirit according to the word of God. Proverbs 31:26 – She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.