Modification Needed Now!

patience10[1]I’m trying to practice the attributes exemplified by Jesus Christ. The following incident helped me see an area I need to improve—patience! The other night I grumbled impatiently as I waited for another driver to slowly direct his vehicle into a parking space. But when I was able to see the driver, I was ashamed because it was a dear friend of mine. As I looked inside the car, my feelings changed. This experience demonstrates the need to look beyond the exterior appearance of things to develop patience. I need to look inside the heart of others to better understand why they behave as they do. I want to practice patience with people as well as trusting God’s timetable in answering prayers. Patience interlinks with fellow virtues of forgiveness, tolerance, and faith. Elder Neal A. Maxwell linked patience with faith when he taught: “Patience is tied very closely to faith in our Heavenly Father. Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best—better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than His.” I can grow in faith when I am willing to wait patiently for God’s purposes to unfold. And I can learn patience with His timetable. I can also grow in patience with people when I take time to look inside with empathy.

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