I was standing in line at a Starbucks a couple of weeks ago. My drink – Grande Dark Roast. It’s simple and straight forward. Others beverages are more complex requiring a greater preparation time. It gave me an opportunity to observe the general level of patience that we coffee drinkers exhibit while we wait for our morning satisfaction. I counted 11 people waiting inside, and then 13 cars lined up for the drive thru. People waiting patiently for 10 to 12 minutes for a beverage, and yet…if it was a red light holding us up leaving the Starbucks, then we’d be losing our patience.
It got me wondering about where we choose to apply patience and where we choose not to. I started thinking about those relationships that are most important to us…or should be the most important. Are we applying the same amount of patience to our marriages? Our children? How about how God works in our lives? Are we patient with His process?
I’d challenge you…I to evaluate how and where you choose to apply patience. No…I am not saying be more patient with your wife in exchange for losing it on the local barista. I am simply saying that we need to be patient and love those who God has called us to be patient with and love the most.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7