One of the things I struggle the most with is patience. I like to work fast and think fast and do fast. As the second oldest of five, sometimes it is difficult to be patient. I love my siblings, but sometimes I can feel myself getting frustrated or angry at them.
My morning had been very busy. I woke up early for cross country where we had a hard workout. Then I went to work, which was for four hours. By the time I had gotten home, I was tired, very sweaty, and hungry. I just wanted to drink some water and cool off. When I walked in the door, my brothers started peppering me with questions about games, how much money I had made, and giving me hugs. I was annoyed and I snapped at one of them. I realized that I had hurt their feelings after, but in the moment I was thinking about how I was feeling, not them. I was so worried about getting water and relaxing that I did not stop and think about my brothers.
Before we lose our patience, we need to remember to think about the other person's feelings and what Jesus would do. When I was in 4th grade, I had a charm bracelet that said "WWJD" which stands for what would Jesus do. I think that it is a great question to be asking ourselves everytime we feel ourselves becoming frustrated. It also can be a great conversation starter about your faith.
As humans, we aren't perfect. We make mistakes and we learn from them. There is someone who never sinned, and we can also learn from him. Jesus was perfect. He lived a life free from sin. Jesus showed us how to be patient through his actions and words, and we must remember what he would do.
"Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools." Ecclesiastes 7:9
Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply