Let patience have its perfect work
Praying for “patience” wasn’t very appealing – it sounded so passive and I felt that action was needed.
It’s a busy life as a Mum with several small children at home. As much as we love our children, our patience can be tested sorely when they seem to have endless demands on us – our time, our body, our sleep –all seems to be sacrificed at times! There can be certain “hotspot” periods when children are sick, or teething or just going through a particularly demanding developmental stage – like the “terrible twos”!
It was at one such time that I realized that I just didn’t seem to have patience enough for the task. I must admit that to pray for “patience” had never really appealed to me before – it sounded so passive and I felt that it was action that was needed – dealing with the children, taking them to task or telling them off. And yet I knew that I was really lacking patience and so quickly ended up in irritation or even anger.
I read in James “for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20. I knew that this “righteous” anger of mine wasn’t bringing peace into the situation. It was then that I read this amazing verse: “Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4.
Then it began to dawn on me – if God really means what He says here, then if I work on my patience in the situation, I’ll have everything I need – and quite literally lack nothing! What a promise!
I began to see how attractive patience was and I longed for it in a way that I hadn’t done before. It was a light for me that by working on my patience I would have all I needed to help my children and cope with the pressures of daily life!
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