- Are you good at waiting for something?
- Are you a patient person?
- How long will you wait for your order to come at a restaurant before saying something?
- How long will you wait behind someone to move at a green light before honking your horn?
- How long will you wait on the phone while elevator music plays before hanging up with frustration?
Our world is full of these scenarios every day. We want what we want when we want it and how we want it. We will settle for nothing less. We don’t have time to wait around for other people. We are busy. Even if we are not in a big hurry, we get very impatient is someone isn’t moving as fast as we want them to. Sometimes this can ruin the atmosphere at home or work and cause relationship tension, right?
Is this you?
- Would you rather have people waiting for you than you waiting for them?
- Do you expect others to understand and be patient when YOU are the one who is sitting momentarily too long at a light?
- Do you expect others to understand when you keep looking at the phone while you are having lunch with someone?
- Do you realize that you are not the only patron at that restaurant who “wants what they want when they want it and how they want it”?
Proverbs 14:29…”A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” Webster: “Folly is a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.”
Let’s all take a deep breath or two and determine to allow space in our lives so we don’t keep running from one expectation to another. Evaluate how your impatience may be affecting your relationship with your kids, your spouse or others. Do you bark out orders? Do your family member think that they can never meet your expectations, so why try? Think about it. Be patient with yourself as you make the adjustments and ask the Lord for His wisdom. You KNOW He is more than patient with you, right?