I always get frustrated when my dad calls and asks me to do things I have already helped him with. I’m like dang, didn't I just take care of that for you already. But what I fail to realize is that my dad is older and as we get older, we’re going to need more help and I need to exercise some patience. I need to stop getting irritated because my routine is being interrupted because my dad or whomever needs help with something. If you know me personally, you have seen that I am very organized and I plan out my days, weeks and even months. That doesn't mean that everything will go as I have planned it, but it means that I know what is supposed to happen in my day. What I have to remember is there will come a time when my dad is no longer here and then I’m going to be mourning and I don’t want to have any regrets because I didn’t make time when I could.
Just the other day my dad came over and replaced my screen for the kitchen window. My dad was adamite that it would only take him 30 minutes to complete it. He told me this multiple times over the phone. With him giving me this time frame, I had planned to attend an event in Seattle when he was done. Did his task take 30 minutes? Absolutely not! This job took dad four hours to complete. He had to build the screen from scratch, so he was grinding the metal, measuring and re-measuring and then it was time to put the screen on, which I helped with. At about the 1-hour mark, I knew this job was going to take a while and readjusted my plans and decided I wasn't going to attend. By the time he actually finished the job, my event was over. In this moment I exercised my patience and just enjoyed the time with my dad. He knew doggone well he took his sweet time so we could have that time together. Scripture tells us in Proverbs 27:1 that time is not promised to any of us, and we need to be thankful for any time we have with our loved ones.
Are there some areas in your life where you need work on your patience? According to the webster dictionary patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Only you know the areas where you need to work on you. Things will not always go the way you planned them and that is okay. Scripture tells us in Proverbs 14:29 says whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. The message version says slowness to anger makes for deep understanding, a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity. Each day that you are blessed with is a new day to utilize self-control and operate with patience.
Sending you love, light and positive vibes,
"Always remember to LIVE life to fullest, to LAUGH at everything and to LOVE unconditionally!"