My husband was working late. My daughter, craft queen, was “sewing” an American Girl doll dress on the kitchen table.
This would be great…
While Craft Queen was rapidly reaching Attitude Stage Three, my son, like any good 13 year old brother, was singing a very aggravating song.
Imagine the scene. (Take note, I am up to my elbows in raw meat).
Craft Queen: “Moommm, I need your help. I need to know how to tie the thread into a knot.”
13 Year old brother (singing): Puuut SOOOOME bacon OONNN ITTT, puut SOOOOME bacon OOON ITTT…
Craft Queen: “Quit singing. It’s annoying”.
Brother: (louder) “Puuttt SOOMMME bacon OONNNN ITTT, Puuttt SOOOMME bacon ONNN ITTT”
Craft Queen: Mooommm…!!!! He’s ANNOYING me! I can’t do this knot!!!!
Brother: “I’m not annoying, this is annoying” (imagine an incredibly loud mutant honking-buzz sound followed by “Puuttt SOOOMME bacon OONNN ITTT, Puuttt SOOOME bacon OONNN ITTT)
I was very aware I was about to lose it.
My patience was thin at best.
I had been looking for a blog topic, and it hit me – THIS IS IT!!! I need to write on PATIENCE!!!!!
After a very deliberate attempt at patience (the win was a 3 on a 10 scale), I have found myself here at the safety of my computer.
Aahhhhh – Silence.
“Patience” in Hebrew is savlanut. It also means tolerance.
Savlanut shares the same root as words that mean “suffer” and “burdens” in Hebrew. So, right off the bat, we see Patience isn’t going to be something that is… fun.
Have you noticed we usually realize the need for patience when we are already in an agitated state? When I am aware of my need for patience before a situation arises, I seem to handle it better.
I bet you’re that way, too.
Patience is having a plan of action. It is being on top of things. Impatience is reacting to the things around us. It rears its head when we feel somewhat out of control.
How can we patient when we can’t anticipate what is to come?
Let’s use the Bible as our guide.
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11
First, we grow in wisdom. The Bible gives ultimate wisdom, and teaches patience, and also love, acceptance, and guidance for situations. The closer we are to God, the ultimate Patience giver, the easier it is for us to live out that patience in our lives.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8
Sometimes we lose patience because we know how to do something better than the person doing it. Or we think we know better, when really the outcome is the same and he or she is just doing the task differently than you.
But your way is the “right” way… right? (Pride check.)
Or, we need to have patience to teach a person how to do something new. Our angle might be “they just aren’t getting it!” when in actuality, we aren’t explaining it so they can understand. In our minds, patience should not only be offered to the other person (our tendency is to blame them for their lack of knowledge when they don’t catch on quickly) but have patience with ourselves as our knowledge is tested.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Ultimately, we should strive for patience because as God’s people we are told to do so. When we “clothe ourselves” with compassion, humility, and gentleness, patience will come more naturally as a result.