Patience Is More Than Just A Virtue
Have you ever felt like someone’s patience with you was wearing thin?
It’s a weighty feeling that affects every interaction you have with that person. How you believe someone views you can destroy your relationship with them and steal your joy.
I think a lot of us struggle with this when it comes to how God views us. I know personally I’ve often felt like my “act” must be wearing thin on him. It’s tough to avoid God, as Adam and Eve showcased when they hid from him in the garden. That mentality is still alive and well today.
We always want to hide from those we feel we’ve let down.
One day, immediately after disciplining my daughter for something she had done, a thought occurred to me. Her “act” never wears thin on my patience. There’s no last straw, no nail in the coffin, no point of no return. My patience for her is without limit and keeps no record of past mistakes. In fact, when I see her struggling with something I’m overwhelmed with compassion.
This stands in such stark contrast to the feelings I project onto God when I feel I am testing his patience.
I’m a loving father, but my love is still far from perfect. Despite my love’s imperfections, my children are still embraced with a delicate and nurturing tenderness. If I am able to recognize this, then how much more is God in his perfect love towards me?
Now I know one side of the argument is that once you feel as though God has “unlimited” patience with you, it’s easy to go do whatever you want with no remorse or self-control. I find this view to be one of the most shallow and tragic mindsets that exist. My daughter doesn’t use my love and patience with her as a means or justification to engage in destructive behavior. Rather, the knowledge of a father’s love that is constant and unflinching provides her security and inspires her to reciprocate.
Because I pour my love into her she is overflowing and can’t help but share it with me and others she comes in contact with.
Be patient with yourself, God already is.