I have been writing about the Fruit of the Spirit for several months- this month’s topic is patience. What a perfect month to write about patience; the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. I think patience is a Mom’s middle name!
One Merriam-Webster definition of patience is, “bearing pains or trials calmly and without complaining.” Here is where I must pay tribute to my amazing Mom; she raised seven children and seldom raised her voice. Growing up, my Mom was friendly and calm with her full house. Plus there were always extra friends over to play and for meals- she just put an extra plate next to the nine that were already on the table!
Personally, I knew as young woman that God had blessed me with an abundance of patience. I humbly write this because I know on my own this wouldn’t be possible. I was able to take that patience and teach several years of middle school and Kindergarten. This same patience carried over into motherhood and God even poured more into my heart so I could love and serve the people in my path.
“Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off.“ Author Unknown
But, what about those times I didn’t/don’t extend patience and grace to those around me? I have found there are several factors that I need to keep in check to allow God’s patience to flow through me.
- I need plenty of sleep. I get crabby when I’m tired! So, there are times I have to turn off the tv or computer and go to bed. When you are rested, you are more apt to let patience rule your thoughts, words, and actions.
- Even though I love to be around people, sometimes God says, “Go off by yourself; spend time with Me.” When I don’t heed those words and refuel and refresh my soul, I am apt to say or do something that does not represent a patient woman!
- Practice patience. Sometimes I have to do as they say at nike and “Just Do It!” Life happens, but I have access to the Holy Spirit’s patience in me. I know that others extend patience to me- the least I can do is extend it back.
- Identify your patience trying triggers. I have an area of my life that truly “tests my patience” as you’ve heard it said. This happens when there is road construction and you pass the sign that says, “Right lane ends in 5 miles.” Then you read, “Right lane ends in 1 mile.” But, there are those few drivers that think the sign is for everyone else- they don’t even try to merge! It takes every ounce of patience in my being to allow those cars in! I know this up front so I pray and breathe and just let it go. What are your patience triggers? Be ready for those times and learn to “not sweat the small stuff”.
- PRAY! The world moves fast, is loud, and can be rude and inconsiderate at times….fill up from the Source! Ask God to fill you to overflowing with patience each and every day- pray and be prepared!
I’d love you to share your tips for “bearing pains or trials calmly and without complaining.” Leave your comments in the section below.