Are we the generation that cannot wait?
Everything seems to be at our fingertips. From instant messages to the promise of speedy solutions. We charge around like we are on a never ending battery. Many times we find that God has a different timetable and one that cannot be rushed. This is often where we lose patience. Because it feels like everything is on hold.
- Often we can allow our emotions to control our decisions and direction.
- Repeatedly we need to be patient in trouble and devoted to prayer (Romans 12:12). All frequent complaining does is magnify the problem and we are caught up in a circle of negative energy. Through prayer we can turn the negatives over to God’s strategy and plan of working things out.
What can patience teach you?
- How to appreciate the opportunities that arise as favourable learning moments.
- Every problem has a prospect. And in our problems we can find opportunities and threats interlinked.
- Learn how to become diligent so you make use of every opportunity (Proverbs 12:27).
- Stumble upon every experience in a positive way (no matter how hard it is), as right in the middle of a crisis you might discover a breakthrough.
- Unwrap loving others without expectations. Many times we believe problems are caused by others and when we feel the pressure of not developing patience we can lash out.
- Familiarise yourself to observe people the way God does by overcoming evil with good (Romans 12:21). That is exactly where you can be polite and maintain your dignity when feeling compressed by circumstances and others (Romans 12:10).
- Master making peace a priority in your life. Recurrently external situations can control how we act and react. But when you allow the peace that comes from Christ to control your thoughts (Colossians 3:15), your perspective changes and an atmosphere of discovering solutions is enacted.
Have you been in a hurry lately? Did you turn to unexpected sources?
If you commit your way to God (Psalms 37:5) He will use the most extraordinary ways to speak to you. He has a way of capturing our attention when we are hurriedly trying to get ahead, but are achieving the opposite which is getting further behind. When God’s timing is key in your life you will appreciate and identify that He is not withholding things simply to no end, but directing you to seek Him more intently.
- Become proficient by nurturing your relationship with God more than being busy and habitually doing things, consequently skipping the quality time you spend with Him. It is often in humility you become wise and develop a sound mind (Proverbs 11:2).
- Be conscious of how not to give up even when the right people don’t come your way overnight. As somewhere along the way God is teaching us how to cope with difficulties as He walks with us, then allows us to walk next to another who might have encountered or is experiencing the same obstacles (2 Corinthians 1:4).
What health benefits can fostering patience produce?
- Reducing your stress levels in situations, making you a happier and healthier individual.
- The ability to make better decisions because you develop understanding, empathy and compassion.
- Ultimately the most important part of self-development and growth can only be appreciated in this process. Planning and evaluation requires patience and that can only happen in time.
how do you begin cultivating patience?
- ‘Think before you speak’ – in a careful way consider what to say before you do.
- Today – be mindfully patient by enjoying every moment for what is is now and not anything else.
- Make smarter choices by observing each action and decision. With effort and persistence you will become patient.
- Hurry, rush, want immediate results – all avert our attention from learning patience.
- Take time to stop and simply take deep breaths when you stuck in a queue or rush hour traffic. Make a choice to pause and not get flustered. Listen to some worship music or simply enjoy nature and the view.
The fundamental reality is that getting impatient will not make anything happen faster. Surrendering to God’s timetable and timing can only advance us through time tests. Where we soon discover how counter productive our actions become, when we waste time and energy spinning our wheels instead of nurturing and adopting patience.