Christian Musings

Forbearance

Patience is a virtue that I have been trying to have, but haven’t got yet. Have you noticed that *some* of those who are patient, are usually people who are up to no good? I mean to serve cold vengeance, isn’t something done by an impatient person, right? At least that’s what the movies show me! Oh dear.

Hello House!💜 It’s the end of a weekend today!😳 Some of us are probably flying around the house trying to gather our oh-my-GOD-tomorrow-is-Monday! paraphernalia; while wondering ‘Where did the weekend go?!’ Well, it probably went well. So well in fact, that some of us have completely forgotten what day it is tomorrow. We are probably(I seem to be saying that alot) impatient for another weekend, so I guess we need lots of patience to get us through the next working days, before we go TGIF-ing again.  So Today’s prompt is just what some of us need!

I can’t recall a time when I have ever been patient. I have pretended it, but I don’t have it yet. Maybe because I can’t recall anyone ever been patient with me. Usually we act out how we have been treated. I remember been told a time or two that I was been tolerated. But no nonsense was tolerated from me, so I don’t know how to tolerate nonsense either.

I cringe for what I’m about to say, but I confess I left my laundry half way done for a week! I mean, who does that?! Well, I do. *sign* And I had the riots act read to me on that matter. I wasn’t even given a chance to defend myself. Hurtful words were said to me, as if it was going out of fashion.

But you see, I started the laundry because I knew it needed to be done and I needed clean clothes, obviously! At the same time matters and duties came up that I thought where more important than what I was going to wear next. I was trying to please someone who ended up displeased anyway. How sad.

I wouldn’t have felt hurt been called out about a bad habit. But what hurts is how quickly I get labelled the bad person without the benefit of doubt. From experience though, when someone seems determined to think bad of you; being a good role model by finishing your laundry, is more important than helping someone avoid imminent starvation, for instance. I have been accused of not getting my priorities right. Perhaps if I think more of my own pleasure, then maybe my priorities might be right then.

Thinking of it now, I might have been fairly patient if I didn’t feel rushed to do ten things at the same time, NOW — regardless of what I may be doing at that moment. So I always seem to have this slight panic feeling of, ‘If I don’t do this now, I won’t hear the end of it for a minimum of one year!’

Forgive me for whining. See this as a physician trying to heal herself. But I couldn’t just talk about how wonderful it is to be patient, without talking about how it affects me.

One of my favourite sayings is, ‘Make haste slowly.’ I read that in my Literature in English textbook, as an example of a figure of speech — can’t remember which one now — and I have made it mine ever since.

Making haste slowly, to me, means; doing something with thoughtful and precise speed. Blind rush is a recipe for disaster.

I opted for a blind rush at a final exam of practical bakery; and I ended up grating my finger tips with the almonds. Not a fun experience.

Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit and it’s also a characteristic of love.

One thing about love and the fruits of the spirit is that, they don’t usually come upon you like the Holy Ghost. You have to decide to exhibit patience/love and be patient/loving all the time. It’s a choice and a decision you have to make. And the best way to become patient is being constantly placed in situations that test your patience. Like slow internet service or poor internet connection, when you’re trying to write, post, comment, communicate with someone or watch a long awaited movie/episode. Yeah, that happens to me and I end up feeling frustrated while trying not to cuss out my service provider. I did cuss them out just last week, when I had half my blog post unsaved and I couldn’t recall exactly what and how I had written what I had written. Forgive me Jesus *sign*

How you react to whatever used to annoy you or send you into a frenzy, will determine how much progress you are making in the patience department. And maybe you can come up with a plan or a patience challenge, if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, just keep trying and be a bit more deliberate about it.

Did I mention that patience is a sign of love? So try to remember that, whenever you’re impatient with someone, even if that someone is yourself.

Patience is good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence. Isn’t that loving? I don’t know about you, but when I read that definition, my heart softened and I went, ‘Awwwww, Im not gonna cry. But isn’t that sweet💞?’

That confirms what the Bible says about love being patient:

1Thessalonians 1:3 “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; “

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, “

1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. “

Shalom. 💚

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