Be Patient With Everything, Including Yourself


Be Patient With Everything, Including Yourself

Written by Randi Bateman

I’m impatient. I can get very anxious and antsy waiting for change. There are certain things that my patience can withstand, but there are other things that I want done immediately. Yet, when those things that take longer to happen, I find myself thinking about it nonstop, which leads to losing focus on what is important.

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This past week, I have been diving into what patience looks like for me and why it is so important. As July is moving right along, I found myself questioning my progress on certain goals and feeling extremely defeated when I saw I wasn’t where I wanted to be. A lot of times, I fall into the habit of comparing my progress and lose all sight of what I accomplished. It’s so easy to get impatient with things, people, and whatnot. But it’s even easier to become impatient with ourselves. We create these ideas of what we need to have done and we pair it with unrealistic time frames, ultimately overworking and exhausting ourselves.

If you think about it, if we are impatient with ourselves, we will be extremely impatient with others. Everything starts at home and it’s important that we recognize when we aren’t valuing the time it takes for us to become who we are meant to be. I had to learn I am where I need to be even when it doesn’t feel like it. Those seasons where we feel at a standstill and we are becoming impatient are usually the seasons where we haven’t learned what we needed to learn.

What does impatience look like for you? Do you find yourself critiquing yourself because you aren’t “where you need to be”? Or maybe you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with your own pressure to be in a certain stage. If that’s you: breathe. Take a minute and just breathe. Understand that you are where you are meant to be. Like Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Don’t be anxious for anything and be patient with yourself. Take your time.

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