Why You Should Be Patient And Never Be In A Hurry
Are you usually in a hurry and you just cannot wait on anything or anyone? Are you constantly shouting at your kids at mornings to get into the car so you can drive them to school and you are on your way to other places?
When something is promised to you, do you wait until the time when it is actually given or do you constantly remind the person about it until they give it to you?
What about the promotion that was promised? Would you consider yourself in deep trouble simply because you just could not wait and you manipulated your way into getting the new position on your job?
How about you having to deal with an impatient person – a person who nags you constantly, simply because they felt you weren’t doing things their way?
We’ve all been in situations like these or similar to them at some point or the other. Perhaps that friend who thought you weren’t measuring up to their standard and they repeatedly nag you to change to suit them.
Maybe, it’s that time when you prayed to God for a specific thing, and later on you took matters into your own hands just because you felt He was taking a bit too long.
Oh, yes! I can see you nodding your head in agreement about that one. 🙂 My hands are up, I surrender because I’ve been there and done that! 🙂
Impatience can cause wise people to do foolish things.” Janette Oke
Recently, in an article on crossmap.com the question was asked, “Is impatience a sin?
In addition to the question, here is what else was said. “If so I’m in deep trouble, because I’m not a patient person. It’s probably one reason why my first marriage went down the drain. I know I need to change, but I’m not sure I can. I guess it’s just the way I’m made.”
What Good Has Impatience Ever Brought?
In all my years of living, I have never known impatience to have brought good in the life of anyone. Impatience is a bad thing, it gets us into trouble and it hurt and even destroys relationships.
As Steve Maraboli reminds us, “It [impatience] has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation.”
Impatience is nothing new. It dates back as far as in bible times when God promised Abraham and Sarah a son.
Sarah’s ignorance, or by default, her impatience which was compounded by her lack of faith, led her to influence her husband into a one night stand with her Egyptian handmaid Hagar that produced an illegitimate son called Ishmael. (Ref. Genesis 16)
The real issue, however was that Sarah’s impatience turned out to be a far more serious problem. It had selfishness at its root! She wanted things done her way, and everyone else to fit into her plans.
She would later deal so harshly with Hagar that she had to end up fleeing from Sarah’s presence.
When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that life waits on us a thousand more times than we wait on life.” ~ Laura Teresa Marquez
Impatience over injustice or wrongdoing by others who have done horrific things can be a good thing, simply because having the wheels of justice to spin swiftly, our lives can be much more at ease.
Other times however, impatience is sinful and it gives birth to a multiplicity of other sins.
It Is Always Better To Wait
Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.” ~ Mac McCleary
A patient spirit will cause God’s love and His divine presence in our hearts to bring about perfection of His love. Faith needs love in order for it to work. When we can honestly wait on God’s timing, He gives us His peace to endure even in the most trying and tempting situations.
Patience is said to be the companion of wisdom. We are in a better frame of mind to make intelligent and informed choices.
Waiting brings out the hidden motives that we often tend to have in us. It builds trust and confidence to depend upon God and not our own strength. Patience builds maturity and transforms our character.
One moment of impatience can ruin a whole life, but imagine how one moment of patience can avert the biggest disaster.
There is a lesson in this for all of us. Very simple, wait. Be patient, it will work out in the end. It will work in your favor. Don’t be in a hurry, because hurry never reaches its final destination.
And as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Over to you..
Was there ever a time that you became impatient in a given situation and you deeply regretted the action that you took? What are your thoughts on this post? Speak your mind and then share on social media.
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Patience is the key to success. I loved what you have shared. Bible is very correct on this. We are bloggers and you must know that blogging also needs patience to achieve something good and start earning well too.
Thanks for the post. This is my first visit to your blog Wilson.
It’s a pleasure having you here. Welcome to my blog! Patience is definitely the key. I also love how you brought it into the world of blogging to show that we need to exercise patience in order to achieve great things here and even in terms of the impact that we would make on the lives of others.
Looking forward to have you come back again. Have a great day. 🙂
So true and thanks for the reminder. It is a virtue that is worth mastering.
Hi Richard, that’s right patience is a virtue. If only more persons can master it, then perhaps we will have fewer mistakes and less trouble around us.
I appreciate your visit and your valuable comment. Have a blessed day. 🙂
You are right. Being impatient can lead to serious trouble. Impatience was what made King Saul lose his throne to David by failing to listen to Samuel’s instruction. It’s better to wait than make a blunder
Hi Ikechi, a very warm welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.
You are so right – the story about Saul is another great bible example of the sort of trouble impatience can get anyone into. Obedience ie waiting is better than going ahead to do things and making costly mistakes and have to live with regret. Great observation you made there with Saul.
Have a wonderful day.
Very true that when we make erratic and quick decision we end making the ones that are clearly not good.
Speaking of having to drop off and pick up kids, I recall years ago I had already gotten in my car to go to work and so had my two youngest daughters who were sitting there with me to drop them off to school.
Honestly, I was running late that morning and my eldest daughter who was still in the house I kept calling to come out so we can all go. I threatened her I will leave her behind if she did not hurry. Well sad to say I did drive away and leave her and she ended up having to thumb a ride to school.
I really did that to teach her a lesson. Now everyone is older this is one of the things we laugh about when we have family fun times together.
But definitely it is best to exercise patience.
Have a great day. 🙂
Oh yes…we should be patient, but whenever we make erratic or quick decisions, especially when we are impatient, we tend to not make the right ones.
I remember so many instances when my kids were young or we had to drop and pick them up, and sometimes even when we try to hurry up cooking dishes, we just don’t have the patience, and it results in a spoiled or not as tasty a dish had we been a little patient. But this again becomes second nature in some people, if they don’t make an effort to get better.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂
Thanks for your valuable input. It is definitely not a good thing for anyone to run their life at a speed. For example like in the case where the person is driving at high speed to get some place,that is where a lot of accidents happen and lives can be lost.
On the job doing things in a hurry serious and deadly mistakes can be made. The consequences are even greater.
I agree that having patience reduces mental pressure. And I think too that overall it can improve our lives in general and take away the stress that comes along with impatience.
Have a wonderful day. 🙂
You have written a wonderful post here. 🙂
I have seen many people who used to freak out even at simple stuffs. People should be calm and have patience in their life.
Many people keep doing their work in hurry. They try to run their life with a speed but somehow its not so good.
Most of people face problems in their own life and its because they don’t give break to their life. They want results for their work early. But is it possible? I don’t think so.
Having patience reduces mental pressure.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
Have a nice weekend. 🙂
Thanks for your honest thoughts. Impatience is one of my greatest weaknesses. You might find these thoughts helpful. http://honestaboutmyfaith.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/why-its-normal-to-be-weak-and-strong/
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for being so open and honest. For years I struggled with impatience and it got me into a lot of difficulty.
But as I got to understand more about God’s word and I prayed for His guidance and direction more into my life, things became a lot easier. I began to understand what it meant for me to abide in His peace and wait for the full manifestation of His plans.
Have a blessed weekend. 🙂
Indeed, waiting always pays off. Can you imagine if God had given us everything we asked for ……when i look back i am happy God did not allow me to marry that person I was asking permission to marry. Waiting always pays off. God knows best and only good and perfect gifts come from him. Wait I say on the Lord. Good post.
Hi Pastor Ava,
I too when I look back over my life in the years gone by I am SO happy that God did not answer some of the foolish prayers that I had prayed. Of course I felt hurt when I was denied, but now I can see it was all for a good reason.
Waiting can also mean that we are just not ready to handle a thing yet, we still need to grow and mature some more. It is the very reason why it is not recommended that when a marriage falls apart that either party jump into a new relationship right away. That’s a big NO, NO! They both need time to heal from the hurt and pain etc. Getting into another relationship right away, they are on the rebound and usually, that other relationship do not last either.
I got into a relationship once and the word came to me not to make marriage with the individual. I did not listen but continued in the relationship only to have a big break up 1 year later. I lived with regret for some time but thankfully, I received my healing and deliverance. Now I can say that God does have our best interest at heart.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Continue to enjoy your weekend. 🙂
Yvonne, I am so glad that you mentioned that when marriage falls apart you do not jump into another relationship but wait for healing. I wish more people would just simple listen, wait and obey. It is very hard to wait sometimes but according to the Jamaican proverb: ‘patient man rides donkey.’ In other word you will receive the best when you wait on God.