Growing in Patience and in Grace

Patience is not always one of my strongest traits. I wish that it was, because some of the people I admire most in my life are some of the most patient people I know.  I am a fixer, and I don’t like to wait to solve the issue. You give me a problem, and I will come up with a solution for it. 

Becoming a mom has given me MANY opportunities to exercise patience. Having a two year old that is growing and learning his boundaries and his limits is not for the faint of heart! Things that make complete sense to me in my mind don’t always process the same way in that little, growing brain of his. It is important for me to remember that while I have (mostly) learned how to control and react to situations appropriately, he has not developed those skills yet. That lets me give grace to him and grace to myself in the process. 

In the same way, God has a lot of patience with us. In 2 Peter 3: 9 Peter writes, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” His love and patience with us go hand in hand! In 1 Corinthians 13, when it talks about “love is patient,” we know that the Lord is patient with us because God IS love.  In the same way that the Israelites continued to be saved by God, then turn away, and so on, God continues to show great grace to us because of his great love for us. 

Grace has become one of my favorite words the past two years because it has become more and more real to me the grace that I have been shown. Because of that real grace that I have been given, I feel compelled to show that grace to others. Colossians 3: 12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” This is a high calling we receive as Christians! But putting that in the perspective of the grace that we have been shown, it makes this command seem a little more attainable. I am constantly reminding myself daily of the patience that the Lord has shown me as I continue to look to him for guidance. 

As with most things in my life, patience is something that I continue grow in. Let us pray that we never stop becoming more like Christ and never forgot the patience and grace that we have been given.  

 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Emily Crowe – CCH Women’s Ministry