It’s not always easy.
No, sometimes it’s very, very difficult
to have patience with others.
I don’t care if you’re driving and suddenly cut off by an angry driver
or buying groceries at the local store when someone pushes in front of you
or even in church where you experience the frustrations of another
when you accidentally sit in their seat.
We all experience impatient people.
So what do you do?
How do you handle difficult moments like these?
I think it begins with each one of us.
First, let’s have patience with ourselves.
Yes, take a deep breath and accept your immediate reaction of frustration
and then give yourself understanding.
Yes, first give yourself patience.
And then look at that one
who rattled you so unexpectedly
and give them grace. Yes, grace.
Life is tough.
Pressures abound on every side.
We never know the difficulties another is facing
so give them grace
and whisper a prayer for that frustrated soul.
Again and again when I do that
I find that peace returns and once more I am able to move forward.
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. John 16:33 Message