Where had the morning gone? It was almost noon and there was so much list left to accomplish on this already-too-short day. I’ve got to get to my desk and get something done! I could literally feel my heart beating faster as I tried to determine which item to tackle first.
That was the timing when the requests starting rolling into my office.
“Mom, can you make me lunch?”
“Mom, I need your help with this project?”
I could feel it coming; that impatience that first shows itself through my way-too-short answers.
“You make lunch.”
“I’m not available to help you.”
Even as I doled out my answers, the bubbling agitation grew bigger. How am I supposed to get anything done in this house?
When I finally got back to my work, I read words – words I had written in my new book releasing this fall:
“Impatience often results when we’re trying to control something or someone. Nobody likes to be controlled, so we end up in conflict when we insist things go our way. Patience restores peace – in ourselves and in our relationships.”
“When your inner agitation tempts you to be impatient, you need to know how to live out of the fruit of the Spirit instead of living out of your feelings.”
Really? I’m proofreading a chapter about patience?
What a sense of humor our God has!
With summer upon us, there are more opportunities than ever for that bubbling of impatience to rise. When something or someone isn’t going the way we want or the way we need, we can resort to trying to control them; make the situation go our way.
Today, I need to remember: the task to be done is not as important as the teen to be loved. Not now. Not ever. People are always more important than projects.
As the temperature rises outside, let’s ask God to allow the patience to rise in our lives inside.