paced. So many things have been created to make our lives seem easier.
We have cell phones, calculators, and microwaves. If all cell phones
went completely dead, would we know anyone's phone number off the top
of our head? If we couldn't find a calculator, how fast (if at all) could we add or
subtract in our head or on paper? When has any meal cooked in a microwave
ever tasted better than a meal prepared with a stove?
Although technology is good and helps us in so many ways, it can also teach
us to be impatient. We tend to want to carry that speed of technology over into
other areas of our lives. We feel that the process of buying a house or buying
a car takes way too long when those are the most important times to be
patient. Some people make irrational decisions because of the pressure
that is put on them to make a decision fast by others. You have to take your
time because you will be the one that will have to deal with your decision
not the person who pressured you.
Impatience does nothing but cause bad things to happen not only us,
but others around us. People get impatient and run red lights and cause
accidents. People get impatient and sign contracts without reading the fine
print. Some of us don't make time to cook a meal for our families. Fast
food is consumed more than a couple of times a week. Fast food saves
time, but could cost people their health.
Webster's meaning of being patient is bearing pains or trials calmly or
without complaint. This is what God wants us to do. He wants us to endure
so that something remarkable can be placed inside of us. When you have
to wait for something there is always a lesson to be learned. Patience
gives us wisdom. It is that wisdom that adds power to your faith.
Once you have patience you feel like you can make it through anything.
Patience doesn't just apply to things or situations. We need patience to
deal with people. So many misunderstandings have happened between
people because so much screaming was going on that the time wasn't
taken to hear each other's point of view. In the heat of an argument it
will take patience to listen to each other. Patience can prevent a lot
of costly mistakes and hurt feelings. Practice patience, you will be glad