I am a very patient person; just give me what I want, when I want it, and I am content to wait. Ask a child how old they are and you will get an answer like: “I am going on ___.”
For a child patience is learning to sit quietly during church that is a mark of maturity, a measuring point you can explain to a child. Have them practice at home. When the child is very young tell them you will time them to see if they can sit still for a full minute then praise them for doing so.
Older children often say “I just can’t wait until _____.” When I hurt something as a child my mother would say: “don’t die; suffer we like you and want to keep you around.” That was her attempt at humor to get me to laugh at a painful circumstance.
Adults use credit cards to obtain things they cannot afford. They are imposing upon the future by living on credit cards.
Many like the verse James 1:5 but don’t know the context.
2 ¶ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The context is learning patience during temptations. The answer is not blowing the horn at the other guy, holding bitterness, or getting a divorce.
Consider Mr. & Mrs. Job. She had no patience but learned it on round two of 10 children. We know this because of how the girls turned out. There is no gain without pain. The Marines say: “sweat is just weakness coming out.” If you are going through a trial of your faith and needing to learn patience that is when you should ask God for wisdom but don’t expect Him to just pour it in, get up early and prepare your heart in the word of God and with prayer. We don’t need to ask for patience God knows our need and will continue to work on us.
How is your growth in patience?