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I’m not patient. It shows a lot in my work too. The deadline is staring me in the face, and I will do everything within my power to try to beat it. I’ll send my work to the client, and it’s riddled with spelling errors or unrendered video components that I forgot to finish. So, I end up having to go back and redo more work because I wasn’t patient enough.
This type of living shows up in my personal life too. When my wife and I go out, it takes me all but 3 minutes to get ready. Splash some water on my face and hair to make it look like I showered. Then I slip on a pair of jeans, and I’m ready to go. My wife, on the other hand, has to gather her belongings, apply makeup, and double and triple check everything. Her process isn’t abnormally long; mine is just unusually short. I don’t have patience.
I blame our culture for me not having patience. Well, I partly blame the culture. Everywhere we look, we’re surrounded by the evil monster known as instant gratification. Want to feel loved? Just upload an Instagram photo to get that heart. Want to feel like a scholar? Add that witty tweet and watch the retweets roll in. It doesn’t just apply to social media, no it applies to the workplace too.
What used to take 15 years to reach a high-level position at a company, now we make career changes at the whim of a hat. Most of us have dreams and ambitions to hustle for something bigger than ourselves, but we can’t fathom the idea that it would take so long to get to where we want to go.
Having a lack of patience enslaves us to our desires. Always trying to move in an upward trajectory, if we feel our path may take a hard turn, we do everything in our power to bypass it. We place ourselves above God’s plan for our lives. Impatience reveals just how selfish we are; always thinking our time is more valuable than those around us.
Impatience is always about us never about others.
What does the bible say about patience?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith.” Galatians 5:22
“Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves, you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
“Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
The art of having patience is a crucial attribute of being a Christ follower. Patience is about dying to your desires and submitting to the idea that the world does not revolve around you. Patience is the act of true love. There is a reason Paul writes patience as the first descriptive word of love.
Love does not exist without patience.
God is patient with us. We, in turn, must be patient with Him.
Patience is one of those essential attributes that create successful people. Being patient is the only way we can respond instead of reacting to hiccups in our journey. There is this misconception that patience is something you are born with. No, patience is a practiced discipline just like anything else.
Here are three ways that show how practicing patience can benefit your hustle.
Today may you invest in waiting. May you learn the art of taking your time. May you not only become patient, but may you sit in the presence of the Lord as he speaks in a still small whisper or a thunderous roar.
When is the last time you lost your patience? Why?