Patience is one of the greatest gifts we can give others. Too often we want people to hurry up and get with it—the ‘it’ often being aligning with our perspective. We think we know what (and when and how) people should act and speak. ‘If they would just follow our advice,’ we think (and often say), ‘everything would work out.’ The truth is that God is the only one who knows their entire situation and story. He alone knows the best what and when and how for them. Our impatient demands only add more stress and get in the way of God’s work.

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

Prayer: Lord, today, when I am tempted to be impatient, remind me that my impatience does not accomplish Your purpose. Let me reflect Your patience today. In Your name I pray, amen.

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