3 Ways Patience Impacts Our Lives

I don’t need to tell you that we are living through some difficult times. Wars are raging around the globe. Hatred and fear are at all-time highs, and people are perishing because of it. Though we are more connected than ever, loneliness abounds, and connection seems to be dwindling. 

Everything seems to be a bit of a mess right now, and I’m not sure what I can do to help fix any of these significant problems we face. Things are a bit tangled up and not how I expected them to be. How about you? 

Lately, I’ve been finding immense comfort in the fact that I can run to Jesus with my questions, doubts, concerns, and fears. The gospels share many stories of Jesus teaching crowds, but there were also many times when Jesus sat and listened to people. He heard their concerns and responded to them. Jesus was patient with people as they learned to walk out this God-centered life. 

During his ministry, Jesus switched His teaching style from straight-up preaching to teaching in parables. He used these stories to make a larger point about the kingdom of God, but people didn’t always get it right away. The disciples came to Jesus and asked questions, and Jesus took the time to answer them. Mark 4 gives us one example of this. 

“With many stories like these, he presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. He was never without a story when he spoke. When he was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots.”

Mark 4:33-34 (MSG)

I particularly love that last sentence in The Message version. If you’ve ever had to untangle something, you know that it takes a while. If something is very knotted, you’ll have to patiently work through it little by little. That’s the posture Jesus had with His disciples and with us today.

3 Ways Patience Impacts Our Lives

Jesus is Patient with Us

Can we just take a moment to praise God for that? I don’t know about you, but I miss the mark often. I mess up regularly and can be a little hard-headed. I’m not always a quick learner and can be quite stubborn when I want to be. And yet, Jesus is patient with me. 

Our lives are confusing and messy and filled with questions. We wonder why things are happening or why certain things fell through. We have questions about the future and about the past. Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t shy away from those questions. Just like He sat with the disciples and taught them, Jesus is patient with us, too. 

I’m grateful that we can come to God with our questions and concerns. We may not always get the answers we want, but it’s great to know that we can come to Him just like the disciples did. God doesn’t tire of us, nor is He too busy for us. We can run to God and seek His comfort, wisdom, and kindness.

We Can be Patient with Ourselves

I struggle with this… a lot. I want to be the knowledgeable one with all of the answers. I can have a hard time with the unknowns of life. I also want to understand things quickly, but that’s not the way life works. We won’t always understand, and we won’t always get it right, and that’s just part of life. 

I’m so grateful that Jesus is patient and kind to me because I am learning to be that same way with myself. It’s still a bit of a struggle, but I am getting better at extending grace to myself. If I don’t understand something right away, that’s okay. Instead of getting frustrated and walking away for good, I can return and continue untangling the thing that is tripping me up. 

The good news is that we don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to have all of the answers. And everything doesn’t need to make sense all of the time. 

If you’re in a messy, confusing season, be patient and kind to yourself, and be comforted that God is patient and kind toward you. Take things one step at a time, knowing that you will know more one day, and it’s okay if that day is not today. 

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We Can be Patient with Others

Just as Jesus is patient with us, we can be patient and kind to others. Will we do this perfectly all the time? No. But we can continue to work toward displaying more patience and more kindness in our lives. 

I love that Jesus created this community where people could come and untangle things together. He spent dedicated time with the disciples who messed up again and again, teaching them and allowing them the space to ask questions and learn. They did life together, and it’s absolutely beautiful. 

In a moment of increasing chaos and confusion, we have an opportunity to create more spaces for people to ask questions. We don’t always need to have the answers, but we can take time to untangle the difficult knots of life with them. That patience and kindness to walk with people like that looks a lot like Jesus. 

Finding Patience

No matter where we find ourselves today, let’s run to Jesus with our questions and concerns and receive His patience and kindness. Then, let’s be kind to ourselves and others as we work to untangle the knots in life. 

Thank you for showing up with your questions, doubts, and concerns. You are welcome here. 

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