Carol Round on Learning Patience Leads to a Mature Faith

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

In a recent conversation with an acquaintance, we were discussing our grandchildren. We both questioned why we were more patient with them than we were with their parents. Yes, we are older, and hopefully have more wisdom, but does that mean patience follows?  Not necessarily.

I’ve observed grandparents in public with some of their grands. Not all are calm when their children’s offspring act out. I’ve seen them lose their temper, yelling at a child until he or she begins crying.

It’s difficult not to judge their actions. Then, reminding myself I don’t know the whole story, a prayer often quietly leaves my lips.

Patience is a Virtue

The quote, “patience is a virtue,” is often credited to author William Langland in his 14th century poem, “Piers Plowman.” However, before Langland was ever conceived, the Bible talks about patience, both in the Old and New Testament.

Both the poem by Langland, and the scriptures, were written in a time when there were no smartphones, Internet, email, and other technology to frustrate us and make us lose our patience. Maybe it began before then. Think about it.

Before the microwave oven and fast food became popular, we were content to cook homemade meals and sit down for a family meal. As life has become more complicated, our patience has been stretched to the max. We want it, and we want it now.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service

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