Four days a week I have the privilege of entering a world that is, well, slower.
As I have spent the last pandemic year working in a senior assisted living community, God has given me many opportunities to alter my hurried life.
When tempted to rush, I take a deep breath, and silently pray for that elusive fruit of the Spirit: “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!”
Throughout my life it seems the more I longed for patience, the more agitated I became. Is it any surprise impatience causes negative emotions? Frustration, irritation, and anger can elevate our stress levels, which impacts our overall health. Chronic impatience throws life into imbalance both physically and spiritually.
Patience is a byproduct of a soul at peace, a person who cares more for others—especially those who are slow because they are struggling. Rather than just grit my teeth and count to ten, how much better to actually become a person of serenity for whom patience is the fruit?
When Paul lists the qualities of love in 1 Corinthians 13, patience comes first: “Love is patient and kind” (v. 4).
Healthy human relationships are built on the foundation of patience.
Here are some ways I choose patience:
- Slow down. Impatience comes with hurry.
- Breathe deeply and relax in the situation.
- Treat others as I would want to be treated.
- Give up my need to be right or in control.
- Pray silently for God’s help and presence.
As we seek to always view others as worthy and made in God’s image, we will discover that patience flows freely. It is not an option for Christ-followers, but one more way in which we can extend love and mercy.
Lord, first of all I want to thank You for small victories I am making in an effort to be more patient. Help me continue to look out for others and to resist hurry. May I also discover much joy along the slow(er) path. Amen.
May the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the friendship of the Holy Spirit bring you comfort and strength, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
©2021 Lucinda Secrest McDowell www.LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
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