Patience is a skill, not an inherited trait. Why is that important to understand? Because making this distinction gives you power and control over it. It allows you to work on it, to develop it, and ultimately become better at it.
So here are 3 tips to help you become more patient in your daily life.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” –Romans 12:12
1. Work on being patient in small situations
Whether you realize it or not, we as humans practice patience at a very early age and begin to develop it as we get older. For example, that time when your mom told you to not spoil your dinner by eating that candy or snack and you decided to wait, you were in fact developing patience. If you choose to wait you became better at it and if you disregarded your mom’s advice you became worse at it.
Try and work on being patient with situations that may not require as much of your patience but still require it. Then, when you get to situations that require more patience you’ll be more capable of handling them.
2. Realize Who Is In Control
When I hear someone say something like pray, go to God, and read scripture, its sort of like hearing someone say, Eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. We’ve all heard these things before but we just don’t want to do them sometimes.
I would say recognizing that God is in control of our lives would fall into that same category. We often forget it but once we remind ourselves that God is in complete control of our lives, that He has a road laid out that might require me to be patient, it becomes a little easier to have patience.
3. Stay Busy With Godly Things
I have been unemployed now for over 7 months. It has been extremely difficult at times not only financially but physically and emotionally. There have been times where I’ve asked God, “Why is this taking so long!?” “How will I be able to afford my bills?”
During those times of uncertainty I made a decision to keep myself busy doing Godly things. That is actually one of the reasons I’m writing this now :)! What I have found though is that when I focus on Godly things it helps keep my mind continually in recognition that God is taking care of me, that He is my source of strength in my life, and that my faith and patience our being renewed. That lesson is sometimes the most important lesson we need to learn.
So what are some of your own tips that have helped you in situations that required patience? Leave your comments below!