by, Mandy B. Anderson
I love the color contrast and the feeling that radiates from this photo. It brings to my mind visions of early mornings at the lake. Peaceful mornings where the wind is calm, the water is still, and it’s just you and God with your coffee cup watching the sun greet a brand new day.
I wish every morning could be like that, don’t you?
Just the other day I was reading a Bible verse about patience and two words threw a rope around my heart and tethered me to them – Passionate Patience. Just the sound of that commands an action that stops you in your tracks, doesn’t it? Here’s what I read…
“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.” ~2 Peter 1:5-9, MSG
I want to live a life of Passionate Patience. Those words jump out at me from this scripture and they pull me in – challenging me to rise up and make them part of my reality, part of my entire being.
A patience that is diligent, fervent, powerful, and strong.
Most days my patience is dull and flimsy at best. Fleeting even. It’s like I have moments of patient, unrushed thoughts and then suddenly chaos swoops in and snatches the passionate efforts right out of my hands and flies away with them while I’m chasing after it, arms flailing like a crazy woman screaming for control.
How does a woman do it? How does anyone do it? How do you go about attaining passionate patience?
These questions were swirling around in my head and then I read the scripture again and found the answer. It’s right there in the first twelve words…
“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given…”
A life of passionate patience doesn’t just happen because you accomplished it one time. It’s built from a lifetime of diligently choosing to have unrushed thoughts on a daily basis. It’s built from taking the moments where you messed up and realizing that those moments don’t define you, but instead they are moments to practice this passionate patience yet again. Every day…practice passionate patience.
If this feels totally outside of your comfort zone, give yourself a pat on the back! It should! This doesn’t come naturally to us, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Here’s a question to ask yourself so you can begin moving forward in this life of passionate patience:
What does Passionate Patience look like to you? (If you need help defining this, look up the definition of the word “passionate” and the synonyms and write down the ones that resonate with you.)
I did this exercise myself, and here’s some of the things I wrote down – you can borrow some if you’d like…
- Passionate patience in my life looks like biting my tongue when I am tempted to say a hurried, unkind thought.
- It looks like taking a deep breath and pausing before I fly off the handle when things don’t go my way.
- It looks like slowing down to notice other people and engage in meaningful conversation with them throughout my day.
- It looks like spending time with God and being okay when I don’t hear answers right away. Just enjoying His presence – preferably with some worship music, a journal, colored pens, and a glass of wine.
What does passionate patience look like to you? Take some time to write it down and then do your best to diligently live it out every day. Life was never meant to be lived in a hurried, chaotic, frustrated state. It was meant to be enjoyed. Unrushed. Boldly lived out with intention and passion.
Passionate patience is already IN you, dear friend. You CAN build upon what you’ve been given. I pray that you’ll begin doing just that…today.