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Breakfast was a little slow in coming one morning. When Ricky brought our orders, he said, “Sorry for the delay. Busy morning. Thanks for being patient.”
“It gave us more time to talk,” Stan replied. “Thanks for bringing our order as quickly as you could.”
“Are you always so patient?” I asked after Ricky rushed off.
“That depends on which minute of what hour of which day you are asking about,” Stan responded with a smile. “In a word, ‘No’.”
“Being patient is a real problem for me,” I replied. “And I am not sure why. I try to be patient, but it just doesn’t seem to happen.”
“It’s the old story,” Stan said, “of people asking God for patience and telling Him they want it now!”
Continuing, he said, “The core reason I am so often impatient is the same reason for a lot of stuff in my life that shouldn’t be there. Self and self-focus. Wanting what I want when I want it.”
“I think there are several facts that have to be delt with here,” Stan continued. “In the first place, it is a fact that the Holy Spirit lives within me. That is a part of the conversion process as a gift from God.”
“And,” he said, “second, it is a fact that the apostle Paul said that love is patient.”
“Thirdly, there is the fact that the fruit of the Holy Spirit includes love and patience.”
“So, if I am not being patient in any particular circumstance, there is something in the way of these facts, and I can say without a doubt it is me. I am allowing self and self-focus to get in the way or what the Holy Spirit wants to do in and through me.”
“And I bet,” I responded, “that the next thing you are going to say is that it is all a matter of what Jesus said about the first step in being His disciple, which is to deny self.”
“You got it, my friend,” Stan replied.
Love in patient. 1 Corinthians 13.4.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love . . . (and) patience. Galatians 5:13.
If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself. Matthew 16:24.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your patience with me. And thank you for providing all I need to be patient in every aspect of my being. You have given me the Holy Spirit with His fruit of love and patience. I confess that too often I am not patient. I am not patient with you and I am not patient with those you bring into my life. Please forgive me. And please lead me in denying myself so that I get out of way of the Holy Spirit so His love and patience will flow in and through me just as you intend. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.