Yes, there it is. We’re commanded by God to be patient. Patience is not one of my strong suits. And humble? That’s even more difficult. Yet when I am feeling impatient with others, a good dose of humility is in order. I’m sure there are plenty of people I irritate on a daily basis. I know I exasperate God constantly. If I’m honest, I even find my failure to live up to my ideals pretty annoying. This quote from Thomas A Kempis was in my devotional reading this morning, and it really spoke to me. Maybe it will resonate with you as well.
“Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be; for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by others. If thou canst not make thyself such a one as thou wouldst, how canst thou expect to have another in all things to thy liking?”