Recently, I had a scheduled appointment, which was delayed for over an hour. I did not inquire about the delay. I assured myself that no one was purposefully delaying my appointment just to make me mad and upset. I assumed something necessary or even important needed to be addressed. Now the gift of this delay was that I had time just to sit in the quiet and think about a good friend who is dealing with a very difficult season in her life. The gift of the delay was also a challenge because it meant I had to be patient. Not that his applies to any of you, but sometimes being patient is a challenge for me.
I started thinking about how I am internally impacted by being impatient.  I realize that when I am impatient I am unable to use the full capacity of my resources.  My impatience often makes me judgmental, rude and angry. Sometimes it causes me to lash out with an inappropriate tone or I speak in hurtful or harmful ways. Being impatient compromises my decision-making.  It makes me not be so like me. So I asked, “From where does my impatience come?” Impatience comes from having a goal, and realizing it’s going to cost me more than I thought to achieve it. Impatience comes from misconceptions. It comes from feeling burdened and impatience comes from having expectations not met. Easily distracted, I wondered if there were any hidden treasures by allowing myself to become more patient.  Finally, my name was called and off I headed to my appointment.

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:5-6
“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection Questions:
What does impatience do to you?
Where does your impatience come from?
How can you practice becoming more patient?

Prayer: Holy God, help me cultivate a more patience presence
so the abundance of your grace can flow within and through me.
Fill me with compassion and understanding so I can stand with someone in need. Amen.

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