I have never been accused of being patient. I have always wanted everything RIGHT NOW. It’s difficult fighting this urge, but I am learning. I see the same thing in my son, and guess what? I am embarrassed. My son has an excuse- he is four years old. I don’t have an excuse, other than selfishness. I never categorized myself in quite that way before, but I see it clearly now…the writing is on the wall, and it’s in the most permanent of inks possible. How do I combat this? I need to start reminding myself that the good things are worth waiting for…that you can’t always get it your way. In other words: This isn’t Burger King, Sue. It’s life. Grow up! Here are some verses that I have written in my devotional as gentle “reminders” to myself:
Psalms 37:7:9 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Proverbs 15:18 A hot tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
Colossians 3:12-13 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
The last one is my favorite. I have it highlighted, actually. I am thinking of putting it on my fridge so that it’s in plain view whenever I get frustrated because I don’t have something right away. It’s not always easy waiting, but it’s worth the wait. I can’t act like my four year old son and expect to get away with it.