Complaints and Patience

I’d like to think I’m not the type to complain, but we’ve all done it. I just scrolled back through my twitter feed and realized most of them are of me complaining. “Packing is Tiring”, “There’s no Chick-Fil-A in NY”, or “Starbucks put too much ice in my tea”.

Complaining can be detrimental to one’s patience. Think about it. More often than not our complaints can be solved with a bit of patience. For example, today at camp we had a retreat group. Just as it was my turn to get some food, they ran out of hamburgers. Well, I didn’t want the other option, so I pouted a little. At that moment I overheard the news that one of the chefs was currently grilling more burgers. Now I could have just eaten a hot dog, after all, I was really hungry, but I decided to practice a little patience.

Let me tell you, that burger was so amazingly delicious. I may have had to wait an extra five or ten minutes, but it was so worth it. This tiny taste (pun intended) of patience got me thinking about patience on a larger scale.

There are situations much bigger than my burger one. How much could a little patience help in those?

I know that I have a lot of friends who are struggling with different things, and no, I don’t have all of the answers. But God does. We just need to try and practice a little bit of that patience we’ve been given even through the struggle. God isn’t going to give you any more than you can handle, and sometimes we need to be patient and spend some of that time praying. Things will work out. Just not necessarily in your time frame.

Trust in God’s timing. Be patient, even when you’d rather just complain. It’s not easy, but God’s got you.

Until next time,
Sarah

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