Archive for January 16, 2012

I’ve often wondered whether patience is something you’re either born with, or have no chance of ever having. What do you think? Can you learn to be patient or is it simply something you have or don’t have? Do we even really understand what patience is?

Here’s the dictionary definition of patience:

  • tolerant and even-tempered perseverance
  • the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations, etc without complaining
  • not being hasty or impetuous
  • any of various card games for one player only, in which the cards may be laid out in various combinations as the player tries to use up the whole pack

Whether we consider ourselves to normal be patient or not, I’m sure we all lose our patience sometimes. So what makes you lose your patience? Is it particular people, people with particular personalities, specific events/occasions, or specific things?

Personally I think that the world in which we live makes it more and more difficult for us to be patient, as everyone seems to want everything now and any thought of putting something of until everything has been considered in more detail, may be laughed off as a ridiculous suggestion. So how does this help any of us be patient?

As with other areas of our lives, we can only hope to be truly patient through God‘s help. Here’s a Prayer for Patience that was written by Helen Steiner Rice

God, teach me to be patient, teach me to go  slow,
Teach me how to wait on You when my way I do not know.
 
Teach me sweet forbearance when things do not go right
So I remain unruffled when others grow uptight.
 
Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising  heart
So I might hear the answer You are trying to impart.
 
Teach me to let go, dear God, and pray  undisturbed until
My heart is filled with inner peace and I learn to know  your will.