There are days when you think it is easy to be here, on this Earth, living. Then there are days where you think your head may literally spin off if one more person sends you an email. Or speaks.
Today was a day like that.
Because I am feeling a bit less graceful and patient than I would like, I decided since we’re still at the beginning of this month long journey into patience, we should get some definitions together. Plus, my attitude today wasn’t a shining example of patience so let’s overlook that.
Webster defines patience as:
the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient
Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast
The Bible has the word patient in at least 79 different verses:
We hope for what we don’t have yet. So we are patient as we wait for it. (Romans 8:25)
The end of a matter is better than its beginning. So it’s better to be patient than proud. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
Abraham was patient while he waited. Then he received what God promised him. (Hebrews 6:5)
You too must be patient. You must stand firm. The Lord will soon come back. (James 5:8)
When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. (Romans 12:12)
Be still. Be patient. Wait for the Lord to act. (Psalms 37:7)
So, God isn’t a huge fan of opening your mouth before you think, showing determination that is not guided by His will, or generally acting as if you have the right to decide that now is the time. Good synopsis. And apologies for today, Lord.
Truthfully, I think the Wikipedia line sums it up the best to me: Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity.
Thinking of patience as a level of endurance makes complete sense, yet I’ve never thought of it like that. I think sometimes I want patience to come out of me, all lovely and full of grace, a soft smile and a nice pardon. Truthfully, oftentimes patience is a simple endurance test of your nerves. Sometimes you just “put up with one another in love.”
So, today was an endurance test. And, if I know nothing else about this world, it won’t be my last. Easy young grasshopper.
Today is day two of my 31 days of patience series. For all posts in the series, click here.