“May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience.”

Colossians 1:11

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Galatians 5:22-23

With patience, we can persevere even in adversity. When we learn to exercise a little patience, our lives become more meaningful.

Our society does not consider patience to be a strong virtue. We want quick fixes. We take short cuts to get to where we want to go. Sometimes we end up with more problems than we began with initially. We expect immediate responses to online communication. Shops are filled with instant goods. Quick fixes and rushing from one thing to the next, results in us missing out on life lessons we need to learn.

We cannot deny, though, that sometimes there is just not enough time to exercise patience. Some situations need our immediate response. The problem is that quick fixes then become a large part of our lives, and as a result, we become impatient with everything in our lives. We hurry, barely slowing down to properly discern things.

Our constant striving for immediate results can lead to conflict. We forget to be patient with one another, as we push one another for hurried solutions and actions.

I see patience as a gift from God, achieved only with determination. Patience is a discipline, cultivated with continual practice. It cannot be attained overnight.

Perhaps today I could notice the times when I am patient with others? Are there times I am impatient with myself? Does my patience enable others to grow? Am I able to slow down long enough to listen to God’s invitation? In what ways can I cultivate the discipline needed to have patience?

Lord God,

Teach me to be patient. When my patience wears thin, help remind me that patience is a grace I need to ask for constantly from God.

Amen.

 
Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo is an intern at the Jesuit Institute, specialising in Ignatian Spirituality.

n.mhlongo@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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