Life Thoughts: Have some patience
In today’s world of instant coffee, fast food, microwaves, e-mail and faxes, patience can easily become a lost virtue.
This is evidenced by the quick check lines at grocery stores, drive-throughs and especially the problem referred to as “road rage.”
Life in America has sped up to such a fast pace that waiting is something that can tend to send our blood pressure up and our patience plummeting.
When I talk to people about what they need help with, one of the most common responses is “they are praying for patience.” That is because a lack of patience is an underlying obstacle in dealing with nearly every situation. If you have patience and trust in God, whatever problem you are dealing with becomes easier.
We cannot slow the world down around us, but we can try to slow ourselves down. We have to if we want to survive.
There really is a lot to be said for the adage “better late than never.” And I’m not merely referring to the fact you may get in a car accident if you are hurrying and not paying attention -- I am also referring to your physical and mental health.
So when you feel that panic tighten your throat and send your pulse racing, stop right in your tracks, take a deep breath and let the world keep going while you take a minute and put everything back in perspective.
Most importantly, however, is to not forget to ask God to help. He comforts us in Isaiah 4031 with these words: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
So the next time you are stuck in a line or behind a slow-moving vehicle or waiting for an answer to a problem, take the time to thank God you are alive and that in knowing him, you can soar above your situation.
Dear Father, help me remember to let you set the pace and when I feel like I’m starting to run off course at an unhealthy speed, please remind me to slow down and wait for you. Amen.