Long-suffering or patient: the ability to take a great deal of punishment from evil people [or children ;-)] or circumstances without losing one’s temper, without becoming irritated and angry, or without taking vengeance.
I always thought that I had patience…until I had kids! This will always be a struggle for me, I’m afraid, and if most people were honest – they struggle with it too…no one likes to be interrupted when in the middle of something.
“Mommy, I need milk.”
“Mommy, I need a snack.”
“Mommy, put my shoes on.”
“Mommy, can you brush my hair?”
“Mommy, where is my toy?”
“Mommy, Mommy, Mommy….”
I am realizing that my attitude, when it comes to patience and the constant “needs” that four small children have, has an impact on my kids. I see my impatience rubbing off on their little lives when they deal with each other and even me. It’s my desire that no matter the circumstance I find myself in that I would be able to be patient and of great mercy like our Lord is with me without being irritated or angry. I’m trying to remember this little phrase someone shared with me – “God is not as interested in changing my circumstance as He is in changing my heart in the circumstance.” Learning patience will be a lifelong lesson for me – but with God’s help, I’m trying to respond without irritation and anger…I want my kids to see Jesus! I’m learning lessons even through their tiny little lives, and I want to teach them how someone who is filled with Jesus would respond when things don’t go my way or when I’m interrupted from doing something for ME. Be patient today – to your kids, your spouse, your co-workers, the people you come in contact with today – show them Jesus who IS longsuffering and of great mercy!