I have never been a particularly patient person, although in recognising that I realised that I was then more conscious of the times when I needed to show more patience towards myself, and to others.
I always realise how impatient I can be at times, particularly with those closest to me, when I witness others showing great patience towards others. Do you have particular circumstances, or particular people who always seems to challenge your ability to be patient, as I certainly do! Sometimes my impatience with others (or myself) is because I know they can do something so much better than they have done, as so, as a perfectionist, I am disappointed with them (or myself), and can find it difficult not be become impatient, but I now try to remind myself that as long as people (including me) have done their best, that is what matters, not perfection.
We live in times where everyone wants everything immediately, as so can make everyone more impatient when they can’t get what they want without any delays. So it’s not a surprise that many find it difficult to show patience towards others, and to themselves. However we can pray to God for patience, because he alone can answer our prayers.
Here’s a Prayer for Patience 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.
Here’s a song a bout Patience by Take That. Obviously not a Christian song, but I love the melody and the words could so easily be a prayer to God, so I hope you understand why I’ve chosen to use it. Enjoy.