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The Power of Patience

The Power of Patience

   Kristin Brinson
   16 November 2018


“If you pray for patience, the Lord will give you an abundance of opportunities to practice it.” That saying always makes me giggle! Patience, it’s one of the fruits of the Spirit we all want but don’t really want to go through the pruning process to have it.

Patience must have been really important if it made the cut because God only picked nine attributes! He was selective on what He chose to teach to help us live in accord with the Holy Spirit. When you have the ability to wait for something without getting upset or angry, you have reached a beautiful level of patience.

In our society, we jump from task to task, worry to worry, thought to thought. Multi-tasking is the norm. There will always be lines to wait in, traffic, kids acting like kids, friends, and co-workers who are late which leaves you waiting, etc.—none of which we have much control, but we can build patience to help in these situations. Here are a few practices to help push through those moments:

  • Deep breathe
  • Take a walk
  • Count to ten

But what are ways for us to have this fruit long term and a norm in our life?

Give others the benefit of the doubt. We don’t know what they are dealing with in that moment, so stop and pray for them and for your upcoming meeting/event.

Utilize the time you have while waiting. If you find yourself waiting on someone or something, take the time to do something you’ve been wanting or needing to do. Respond to emails, catch up on your Bible reading on your phone app, unsubscribe to junk mail, or sit and breathe (that might be the only time you have to breathe until your head hits the pillow).

Have a worship song in mind at all times. It will sound better than screaming—even if you aren’t a good singer!

Make a list. Each day, list what you need to get done with the most urgent on top. Knock out the most difficult ones first thing so it’s not weighing on you all day. You will feel productive early in the day leaving time for life interruptions to happen without getting frustrated.

Research has found that good things really do come to those who wait, so let’s wait patiently and offer goodness to others!

Benefits to being patient:

  • You will enjoy life more.
  • You will become a better friend, family member, and co-worker.
  • You will have better health.
  • You will be more like Christ.

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlenesses, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

Kristin Brinson

From Lousiana, Kristin is no stranger to Children's Cup. Her heart for people and attention to detail is sure to make anyone and everyone feel welcome! She coordinates team trips with the most thoughtful consideration. She and her husband, along with their two incredibly cute little boys, live in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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