When I asked the Lord for a word on which to focus for 2021, I felt like God gave me the word PATIENCE. I can see how focusing on PATIENCE is actually God calling me to the next phase of my journey with him following last year’s focus of not being easily angered.

As I reflect on patience, I realize that whenever we are called to be patient we are in a place of discomfort. We are either anxiously waiting for something good to happen, or we are in a place of frustration waiting for something bad to cease! Patience isn’t something that is self-initiated like love, kindness, or service. The act of patience is always in response to something that has provoked us. Patience isn’t something we can practice until we are uncomfortable! I’ve read that the definition of patience is to endure discomfort without complaint.

 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Colossians 3:12

Patience requires us to dig deep and learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Patience requires a dependence on God for self-control. Patience is both for the benefit of self and for others.

Jesus was very patient. He knew everything! Can you imagine how easily he could have been frustrated with others?

When someone is patient, you can tell. They exemplify peace. I’m a bit nervous to see how the Lord develops the virtue of patience in me over the next year, but I know God will be with me to help me.

What makes you impatient? How might you grow in the area of patience? Who in your life is a great example of patience?