Patience

HeronDiligent, long-suffering, not easily ruffled, cool, calm, collected, perseverant

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 our 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 and grow through them.

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

We may most tend to lose patience and even our temper with those we are closest to. It can be difficult being patient when we are trying to teach or instruct our children as 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 or directions. Lacking patience is a significant weakness that warrants our undivided attention and focused effort.

Patience means we have the ability to diligently wait until we get what we want. We are able to endure, persist, persevere, and stubbornly (if necessary) wait. It does not mean we never get disappointed, but we have sufficient self-control and self-discipline to persist. Another way to look at patience is the concept of patient perseverance. It means that we absolutely refuse to quit or give up until we get what we want. It is a powerful tool to accomplish things we 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.

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

Challenge: Is patience something you have mastered, or is it a problem? Replay situations where you lacked patience. Visualize practicing patience and maintaining control of your emotions. Practicing patience will result in more patience. When tempted to lose patience, maintain focused determination. You will be the better for it in so many ways. Getting better at being cool, calm and collected is very good. Your health and well-being will greatly benefit.

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 patience perseverance with us, we should be patient with those around us. In order to have this kind of patience, we have to develop a strong foundation of love, hope, and faith. We cannot get very far in this without God’s help.

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

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