Patience is not only about enduring but maintaining a good attitude whilst you endure. Our patience is tested on a daily basis; often when we are dealing with people.
I stumbled across this quote;
“Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard
There were specific periods in my life where I became greatly disappointed and dispondent due to not receiving what I felt I had earnt or deserved. I am an ordered person and like to plan, plan, plan. There were times I did not allow for setbacks and delays. Inpatience and a lack of gratitude soon kicked in. You see, when you are solely focused on meeting a need or desire, you are often blinded by the blessings that have come your way. You can even overlook people due to being all consumed with your wants and needs.
I have spoken with a few people about patience in order to gain an understanding of the different views we hold. One or two people felt that because they had suffered hardship and setbacks, this meant they had patience. I do not believe this to be true. If we desire particular things in life, say marriage, a house or a high flying career and are waiting years for these to come forth – this does not equate to patience. In most cases, we have no choice but to wait. There are particular desires that with all the will in the world, we cannot bring them forth in our own strength.
You cannot then confess to having patience as you had no other alternative but to wait. It is important that we choose to maintain a good attitude whilst we are “in waiting.” This shows a true sense of character and gives us such freedom. Also we can still enjoy life in the meantime. Life does not stop because we have not yet received our heart’s desires – it moves on and so should we.
How do you maintain a good attitude whilst waiting?
Does this depend on how long you have waited?