I just need to be patient.
This is what I’ve kept telling myself.
Life is a bit frustrating right now, schedules are all out of whack, things seem to take twice as long and everyone seems on edge. That could be just my perception, but if you feel this way also you’ll know that it does affect the way you’re feeling.
I’ve been pondering the words of Paul lately when he says:
I have learned to be content with whatever I have.
– Philippians 4:11b
To be able to say this with conviction is hard and admittedly I will confess that my impatience shows that I’m not as content as I’d like to be.
But what am I impatient about?
I wonder if you’ve asked yourself this question.
My impatience is about not doing the things I like to do.
And when I think of it that way I realise I may just be acting a little selfish. This could be taking it a little too far though and we also need to consider that just because we want something it doesn’t mean we’re being selfish.
Either way my impatience is about a perceived lack of freedom.
Much of this is about mindset. Not to sprout dogma or to over spiritualise, but scripture says:
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
– Gal 5:13-14
Paul talks of freedom here and also slavery in the same sentence, showing us that what we think freedom looks like in God’s kingdom may not be what we think it is at first glance. Freedom is not about self-indulgence.
True freedom comes through relationship with God and is outworked in loving others.
This is a part of what it means to have a ‘Kingdom Mindset’. Something we will be talking about a little bit more this coming Sunday.
As I’ve considered this recently I’ve become less impatient. I still have my moments though!
Life may not look how I would like it to, but I have purpose and that purpose will help me to be able to say with Paul that I can ‘be content with whatever I have’.