We spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves. Even the most selfless among us spend time thinking about their own successes, failures, missteps and triumphs. We almost always know when we are right, when they are wrong, when we succeed where they don’t.
But what about when people must have patience with you?
We’ve talked for 25 days about when you must exhibit patience but there are days when your people must be patient with you. Your own truths are not true for everyone – and vice versa. Sometimes you are wrong, or blind. When you’re in a bad relationship but you’re convinced it’s good – your friends will wait on you to discover you are wrong. And if they’re good friends, they’ll tell you you’re wrong until you believe it. If you ever needed proof of patience, watch a girl help another girl through a rocky relationship. One of those two is counting to 10 and saying their prayers for strength to wait on the other.
Same goes for your mom when you say you want to major in art history, or your dad when you tell him cheerleading competitions are really not long because 5 hours of cheer is entertainment. Your significant other waits on you to understand their feelings or agree to their opinions.
Jesus waits on you to believe His love is deeper than you can imagine and you are forgiven – especially for making people wait on you.
Sometimes, you don’t realize how much you’re pushing others patience – which is why it’s all the more important you are patient with others. We reap what we sow and in this life, we can use all the help we can get.
And be grateful for those who have waited on you. I’m ever grateful to friends who stayed with me through months of hard times, waiting for me to be me again. I do my best to pay it back tenfold – patience is a lot like grace when you try to pay it back.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. [Isaiah 30:18]
See you tomorrow.
Today is day twenty six in my 31 days of patience series. For all posts in the series,click here.