What happened to embracing patience? People nowadays are always in a rush and I am not referring to roadway driving aka road rage. Patience is not just a ‘one-and-done’ event; it’s a lifestyle-a fruit of God’s spirit (Gal 5:22). How many of you yell at your computers or smart devices just because it runs a millisecond slower than usual? The demand for instant results continues to seep into every corner of our lives, and not just virtually.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project summed up a recent study about people under the age of 35 and the dangers of their hyperconnected lives with what sounds like a prescription drug warning: “Negative effects include a need for instant gratification and loss of patience.”
It’s sad to say but we’ve come to expect things so quickly that people can’t wait more than a few seconds for a video to load. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to living a life that is more productive rather than counter productive.
The reality of life is simply; things take time! Patience is not only a virtue-it’s grace. Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting. I am making a concentrated effort to practice patience, will you join me in living out this fruit of God’s spirit?!