Each one of us have waited or are currently waiting for something. Whether we’re waiting for technical support, in line to buy tickets, groceries, or rides it’s inevitable for all. We wait for people to show up, to call back, to return stuff, and all the like. All this waiting happens everyday. How do you do in the waiting game? For me, the only time waiting is easy is when the promise of waiting is visible. In other words when there is hope that my waiting will pay off.
But when we wait for people to change, we become increasingly impatient. Why?
It’s easy to become impatient with others because the promise that they will change is NOT visible. When we grow impatient, we usually are attempting to gauge the one thing we can’t see…the other person’s heart. Is all our hot air for nothing? Are they listening to what I say? It’s always hard to say if the ideas are heard, and whether they “take them to heart.”
Patience is not checking out (apathy), and twiddling your thumbs. Patience requires staying engaged. The online dictionary says patience is, “the ability to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” What it doesn’t mention, is the other half…we wait for something which rewards us. Therefore, when we wait, we ought to allow patience to do its good work in us so when it comes, we can be thankful.
One proverb says, “Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.” I want to be sick with hope, rather than rude with impatience. The waiting is suppose to soften my heart and prepare me to receive the thing for which I wait.
And who is waiting for you to change? It’s a two-way street. If you begin changing, then you become the tree of life for the other. You can be a source of hope fulfilled. Do you have it within you to blow someone else’s mind with a different response? We need more people who transform their own lives, and can bring hope to those who need crisper vision. The portrait of a life restored, transformed, authentic, and generous inspires others to seek it out too.
Side note: Developing patience for your job, employees, co-workers, or the boss will reward you. There is NO REWARD for those who grumble with impatience. Take heart.
Week 30 – Be patient. I want to be more patient. Join me? Keep your vision centered and your patience keen. Don’t stammer and demand things that you aren’t ready to receive. Don’t be rude with impatience. Let the waiting soften your heart. Plan to enjoy the things for which you wait. Trust that keeping the right attitude will reward you when the desire comes.
Patience purifies your desires, refines your preparation, and strengthens your faith. Don’t compromise a good thing because it tarries, the rewards are ahead. Be longing, be ready, and stay the course.