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First of all, I have to get something off my chest.
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Okay, I feel better now. Why was I laughing, you ask? Well, because I think that it's hilarious to think that just because I homeschool my children that I have patience. But, that's what people think, isn't it? I lose it with my boys just as much as the next mom does. I'm no better than anyone in this area. If you don't ever snap at your children, roll your eyes at your spouse, or yell at the person in front of you at the stop light, then you can stop reading the post now. But, if you're like the rest of us and it seems almost impossible to be patient ALL OF THE TIME, then this is for you (and for me!).
That's why I think that it's such an important idea to focus on for our 5 Day Series of "Living the Bible in Your Homeschool" for the Annual Homeschool Review Crew Blog Hop. Patience is something that I think everyone struggles with. We get irritated because the stop light is taking too long or the cashier is too slow checking out the person in front of us. The line at the bank is too long or our vacation isn't coming soon enough.
Do you see that verse above? It's the Fruit of the Spirit verse. These are the character traits that we should have if we are a Christian. Do we automatically have them as soon as we become a Christian? No, but I wish that were the case. It would make it so much easier!
These are attributes that we are to work our entire lifetime to enhance. Patience is just one of them, but it's a hard one for most of us!
Look, here, at this verse. The writer of Hebrews is telling us to be "imitators" of those that have patience. Is there anyone on this earth that never gets impatient? Probably, but I don't know them. However, I do know some who have a better grip on patience than I do. I need to study those people. I need to try to be more like them. Better yet, I need to be more like Jesus. Look at the passage below.
We need the steadfastness of Christ. Steadfastness is a synonym of patience. This was written by Paul who was writing to the people of Thessolonica (a.k.a. the Thessalonians). He was praying that God would help them to have patience through all that they were going through.
That's the answer! Prayer!
We need to be on our knees praying for patience. It isn't something that will just happen. Patience comes through work.
This verse is talking about how when we go through rough times it beings about perseverance. That's patience! That's only the beginning, though! This verse continues to say that perseverance brings character, which then in turn, brings about hope. What a great thought! And to think that it all starts with patience.
When I'm having trouble being patient, it's usually because things aren't going my way. Does that ring true for any of you? I'm impatient because no one else understands what schedule that I'm on, or how I want things done, or why things are so important to me. Do you see anything wrong with those statements? They are all about me, myself, and I. Being impatient is a symptom of selfishness. Ouch! It's true, though, isn't it?
What happens when I'm impatient? I snap, I grumble, I yell, etc., etc., etc.,
Listen to what James has to say about that.
As my husband always tells our boys, "You have 2 ears and 1 mouth. You should be listening twice as much as you speak." Sometimes when I'm impatient, I'm not actually hearing what the other person is saying. I have my own thoughts going on that I don't time to listen to them. Also, I don't put myself in the other person's shoes before I grow impatient. Sometimes looking at the situation from another perspective, will change our perspective.
Here is my final piece of advice for a problem with patience.
We need to keep our minds on the right things. Do you see the verse above? Here are the things that we are to "dwell" on: Things that are honorable, right, pure, lovely, good repute (reputation), excellence, praiseworthy. We get impatient when are eyes only see the bad. We need to train our eyes to see the good, instead, and we will have more patience.
Here is a summary of what we've talked about:
* We all have a problem with patience
* Patience is an attribute that we should be striving for if we are Christians
* Imitate others who have more patience than you
* Strive to be like Jesus!
* Pray that God will help you with patience
* Patience comes through work
* Listen more than you speak
* Keep your mind on what is good in your life
Well, I hope this has helped someone! I know that it has helped me just looking through these verses.
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