Raising the Orthodox Family: The importance of Patience

Patience: in traffic; in line at the grocery; in solving tough math problems. Patience allows for the development of perseverance, and perseverance helps us reach our God given potential.

Patience is a virtue; we simply are not primed for it. Think of infants when they are hungry; screaming, faces turn red. We are not that biologically different as adults, we still cry when we are hungry– it just comes out as being grumpy.

Patience is a conscious skill we have to cultivate. Get used to verbalizing, both in your head and out loud, “This is frustrating, but I can handle it. I prefer to be on time, but I can handle it if I am late. Tolerating discomfort is a part of life.”

Remember, life can be at times, uncomfortable, not intolerable. “He will render to each one according to his works:  to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life” (Romans 2:6).

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