When I woke up with the roosters this morning, full sun streaming through the windows trying to yank off my covers, I discovered that the electricity had gone off once again during the night. Fortunately, on further inspection, I saw that it had come back on, but that my telephone and my internet were off.
That early morning hour is my chance to chat here with you, so I had to make the choice to do something else, to be patient and wait for all the electronic soldiers in the area to arm my cannons again and give me a chance to fire away. Since it didn’t seem immediately forthcoming, I opted to get my little wheely cart ready and head off to my local grocery store about three miles away. I needed the walk anyway and it would surely make me more patient one way or another.
So I thought I’d share a little tool that I devised for a section in my God’s Graduate book about patience. I thought if we had to think through the word in a systematic style, by the time we were done, the thing that vexed our energy to begin with, would probably be passed. So, I’m sharing this one to post on your fridge, near your work station, or by the steering wheel if you need another option after you already counted to ten…twice!
Let’s spell patience like this…
P is for peace, prayer, and positive spirit.
A is for attitude adjustment.
T is for thankfulness.
I is for insight into all that is good.
E is for easing into the moment at hand.
N is for not giving in to negative thoughts.
C is for caring about yourself a little more.
E is for experiencing the effect of slowing your pace by grace.
So if you need a little device, something nice, to think twice…here you go. Now that I think of it, I feel much more patient already.
Remember to “Clothe yourself with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Blessings, Grace, and Peace to you.