This week in church we discussed Colossians 3:12- “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” The pastor focused on the virtues patience and gentleness. I have been called a lot of things in my life, but patient and gentle most likely aren’t two of those things. I’m not proud of the fact that I lack patience and gentleness, those virtues just do not come naturally to me. But as the pastor said in church, not being born with the natural tendency to identify with these virtues, does not give me a right to not TRY to practice them.
Let me start by saying I have never been patient, but since becoming a stay at home mom, I am noticing that my patience runs out more than I am proud to admit. I have a 3.5 and a 1.5 year old, and many times it is hard for me to remember that they are only that old. I feel like Brecken and Annabelle have been in my life my entire life. It’s hard to remember what life was like without them. Because of this, it is hard for me to remember that sometimes children get muddy, and don’t listen, and don’t want to eat their dinner-but that doesn’t mean they are bad kids, they are just kids.
When explaining gentleness the pastor explained that Jesus loved with a sacrificial love-genuinely concerned for the best of those which he was loving. This really resonated with me because I do believe that I love my children and husband and care for their well-being more than mine own. But I do think I need to improve when it comes to being patient and gentle in my interactions with them. This week I encourage us all to focus on patience and gentleness in the interactions we have with our family, friends and coworkers.
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