Patience

Diligent; long-suffering; not easily ruffled; cool, calm, collected

He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin

Patience and fortitude conquer all things. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  Saint Augustine

Possessing the quality of patience is a desirable life skill. It enables us to experience the trials and tribulations of life with character and poise. If gives us the ability to remain calm, cool, and collected. It is a virtue and a powerful tool that enables us to endure our hardships and persevere through them.

Those that lack patience are impatient. This means that when things do not go as expected they may react with anger, loss of self-control and great anxiety. Those without patience can lose hope; becoming overly disappointed and depressed. The impatient can have significant health problems such as high blood pressure and heart related issues due to their emotions often getting the best of them. Those lacking patience often give up too easily; were they to persevere a little longer they may achieve the results they are seeking.

We often lose patience and even our temper with those we are closest to. It can be very difficult to be patient when we are trying to teach or instruct our children and they disappoint us with a lack of effort or attention to detail. Supervisors often lose their cool when a subordinate does not respond or fails to live up to expectations. The lack of having patience is a significant weakness that warrants our undivided attention and best efforts.  

To be patient means having the ability to wait things out until things come our way. We endure, persevere, persist, and stubbornly wait (if necessary). It does not mean we do not get disappointed, but we have sufficient self-control and discipline to persist. Another good way to look at patience is the concept of patient perseverance. It means refusing to quit or give up until getting what we want. It is a powerful tool and weapon to accomplish things that could not have been accomplished otherwise. Examples include the Civil Rights Movement as lead by Martin Luther King, Jr.; overcoming apartheid by Nelson Mandela  and Indian independence as led by Gandhi.

To have patience requires that we have a strong element of faith, belief, and confidence in what it is we are hoping to accomplish. It means that we persevere, maintain self-control and remain diligent and absolutely focused until we have succeeded. There are fewer virtues any more important to our health and well-being than the ability to exercise patience as we travel through our life.

Challenge:: Is having patience something you have mostly mastered, or does it continue to be a problem? Replay situations where you lacked patience. Now visualize practicing patience and maintaining control of your emotions. Imagining and practicing having patience will make you more patient. When tempted to lose patience, maintain determination. You will be the better for it in so many ways. Get better at being cool, calm and collected.

Wisdom:The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen. Ralph Marston

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Heb. 10:36

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Romans 5:3-4

God sets the standard for the concept of patience. He knows all that there is to know about us, all our strengths and all our weaknesses. He patiently waits for us to get our act together and never gives up on us. As God practices infinite patience with us, we should seek to be as patient with those around us. In order to have such patience, we have to develop a strong foundation of love, hope, and faith. It is very hard to be so patent without God’s help.

Prayer:   Help me to be patient and to be confident.

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