Life demands patience, but how many of us demand it from ourselves? I find myself often talking about wanting to improve my patience and making jokes about how God is testing my patience, but I never really proactively practice patience. The only way to improve patience is to practice it. Demand it of yourself, expect it, and even though it is a lot easier said than done, you will start seeing changes in yourself.
Patience is a funny thing. The moment that I finished writing the above sentences stating that I would like to start demanding patience of myself, my internet connection froze and deleted my blog. I started panicking, and then, after three minutes of impatient frustration, realized that my blog had just set me up to practice my first effort at demanding patience of myself. Once I realized this, I smiled patiently, sighed a few times, and began rewriting my unsaved blog post. There is nothing that builds patience more than writing the same thing twice.
The thing that I like the most about patience is that it puts life into perspective. Just like a little water is a sea to an ant, so too are some of the problems in life that we allow to overwhelm and bombard our souls.
When life forces you into practicing patience this week smile to yourself and know that the sea you are facing is in reality just a drop.