I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “patience is a virtue.” A virtue is defined as “a particular moral excellence” and “a good or admirable quality.”
Which makes me think: Is my patience really a virtue?
Many times my grasps at patience are anything but excellent or admirable. Whether it’s waiting for the water to boil (and a watched pot really doesn’t boil!) or anxiously anticipating the arrival of my third child, my life isn’t exactly wrought with this fruit of the spirit!
So many places in Scripture encourage us to be patient:
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7
“But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, thankfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22
I need to increase my patience in so many areas:
Patience with my kids when they are fighting for the
500th 10th time today.
Patience with my husband when he doesn’t do things “the way I think they should be done”.
Patience when I have been praying for the salvation of friends and family and nothing seems to be changing.
Patience with myself when I feel like a failure because I didn’t cross everything off my to-do list on any given day.
Patience with God’s will when something happens that I don’t understand.
Thankfully God is gracious and patient with me!
“Blessed is the one who waits.” Daniel 12:12
What are you learning to be patient about? I’d love to lift you up in prayer!