Let’s talk about “patience.” Yes, that ever-so-present, yet invisible word, that constantly knocks on the door of our hearts. But really, patience is not the problem at all….it’s the IMpatience that creates the problems. When ANY of us are impatient we create irritation and stress on the inside of us AND those around us. In fact, some of YOU are already becoming impatient because you want me to hurry up and get to the point. Yeah, I’m talkin’ to you!
The problem is exasperated by the “get it now” fast-food mentality society we live in today. EVERYONE is ALWAYS in a hurry! With technology we are soooooooo connected socially that we have no time to “slow down” for patience. Road rage, temper tantrums, mistakes, accusations, arguments, silent treatments, name-calling, bad decisions, headaches, sour stomachs, could all be silenced with the lost art called, being patient.
I noticed this morning how the word “IMpatient” can turnaround and become our friend with one itty-bitty change….an apostrophe. I’M patient. Whaaaat? Yes, it’s that easy to transform the “impatient” into the “I’m patient.” If you think about it, the only way to solve our lack of patience, is to simply CHOOSE to be patient. There’s no magic formula. No therapy. No anything that will fix impatience except our CHOICE to chill out and slow down.
So, what about you? Are you willing to add the “little apostrophe sized” solution of “choice” to solve your IMpatient problem? We all must face the fact that we are either allowing impatience to rule us or we are choosing to be patient. It really IS that simple. Just remember, ADD THE APOSTROPHE!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen