Monday Musings on This ‘N That
Do you try to conquer impatience? Are you winning the battle?
I’m acquainted with impatience as you probably are. I can remember experiencing impatience as early as elementary school. While taking an arithmetic test one day, I mulled over a problem. As was my comfortable habit, I raised my pencil from the paper and looked at the ceiling, waiting for the correct path to come to mind that would solve the math problem. Later, a classmate said to me, “Do you think the answers are on the ceiling?”
Still in elementary school, I learned the difference between impatience and patience. My family loved to fish and at least once a week we went with another family on a short fishing trip. As Daddy and his friend unloaded the car trunk full of our fishing paraphernalia I would stand impatiently, jumping from one foot to the other. I wanted the fishing to begin.
My daddy was always patient with me as a child. We fished with cane poles and he would bait a hook and let me go over to the water closest to the car. It was a spot that was merely a splash of water from the main fishing area. He dropped the line into the water and told me to hold the pole and wait until everyone was ready to start fishing. Something caught hold of the fishing line, which zigzagged across the calm water. I held on as tight as a child could and began to call for Daddy. When Daddy and I got the fish to land, it was a whopper. I caught the biggest fish of the day. What a reward for my patience to wait for the rest of the group and for holding the pole that day.
What has you in impatience’s grip? Where do you find patience when you need it? When Jesus knew he would ascend into Heaven, he promised he would send the Holy Spirit to those who believed in him. The Bible teaches about the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22, 23). And one fruit is patience. So when you need patience, understand that The Holy Spirit has already given it to you and you only have to reach deep within you to find and practice it.
"There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
—Ken Blanchard, an American author and management expert, 1939-
How committed are you to conquering impatience?
Till next time … keep on smiling.