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.