Practicing Patience

This past Saturday, my husband and I went to see the movie, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.’ I’ll try not to give away too much about the movie, just in case you haven’t seen it yet. I will say that it’s a great movie and I hope you get a chance to see it.

There are many words that could be used to describe Mr. Rogers. My husband and I tried to come up with one word that best described him. The word my husband chose was patience.

It wasn’t until the next day, while sitting in church, that my word to describe Mr. Rogers came to me; godly. He displayed many attributes of God in his daily life.

Patience is one of the attributes of God. It’s also listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit. Fruit meaning it is the evidence that the Holy Spirit abides in us as believers.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Patience is an act of humility, gentleness, and love.

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Patience is not just about waiting but it’s about waiting well.

Psalms 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways; when they carry out their wicked schemes.

A patient person is a wise person.

Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

A patient person is a peaceful person.

Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

The thing I noticed about the patience of Mr. Rogers is that it made an impact on the lives of the people around him and his own life. His wife said that he had to practice at being the kind of person he wanted to be.

We all need to practice at being better people; more patient people.

We have plenty of opportunities to practice patience on a daily basis. Like when we are in traffic. Or when someone makes a mistake and that mistake affects us or our schedules.

Or how about while we are doing our holiday shopping in a crowded store and there are 10 checkout lanes but only 3 are open and your cashier is new and slow?

Or how about when we try to show someone how to do something and they don’t understand right away?

We have many opportunities every day to make a difference in someone else’s life by just being patient with them.

Who’s life could you impact with patience? Your spouse or children? A coworker? A student? An aging parent?

Who has impacted your life with patience? A teacher? An employer? A parent? A stranger?

No one has been more patient with us than God.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Considering how patient God is with us, how much more should we be patient with others?

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.