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August 7, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The Sudoku craze hit the scene a few years ago.  It addicted millions immediately.  I began to play it.  The game is played by placing numbers in squares.  It is easy to become frustrated —  even to the point of being so aggravated that you quit playing.   The big word to describe my reaction is impatience.  You do not need to be a mathematician to play, but as advertised, you need patience!

That is probably something I need.  Perhaps you would confess being part of the society.  Whether we are playing a game, waiting for a traffic signal to change, getting anxious about the opportunity to begin a trip, or simply waiting for the television commercial to be over, we experience impatience.

What most of us desire is the opposite of impatience.  That is patience.  We have all joked that we would write a book and entitle it, “God, give me patience and give it to me right now!”  I actually have begun another book in my series called Patience, but I have not been patient enough with myself to finish it!  I know I need to develop a patient lifestyle.  Patience is reflected in an emotion and an attitude.  Patience is not a brown-eyed brunette or a flower in the garden; it is to be a part of our life.

I often realize an impatience.  I must be careful or I will walk into that automatic door of the department store because I am not patient enough to wait.  Recently I realized an impatience when I left a restroom at the restaurant with wet hands because I was not patient enough with the electric hand dryer.  I often feel the emotion of impatience when traffic moves too slow, or the checkout line is full and I begin to look for a faster line.  Are you identifying with some of these examples?

What is a good definition for patience?  Someone said that patience is the ability to throttle you motor when you feel like stripping your gears.  That gives a mental picture, but sounds to me like it is an emotion being controlled.  I don’t think a truly patient person has to control themselves.  A patient person reflects a lifestyle that is natural.

The dictionary defines patience as a will or ability to endure or persevere.  It gives an image of a person who calmly faces pain or trouble without complaining or feeling provoked. I suppose I have difficulty defining patience because I cannot divorce the word from biblical teachings.  Patience from that perspective would conclude that patience is not learned, but can be from a disciplined life through Christ.  Still, I have to confess times of impatience.  I am certainly glad that God is patient with me!

Patience is a calmness that exudes whether relating to a difficult situation or the expectation of something good like family arriving, a vacation, or Christmas!  I need to face everything in my life with patience.  Life would certainly be more pleasurable . . . as well as profitable to my physical and mental health!

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s patience.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:5)  “Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”  (Colossians 1:11)



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