Are We Justified in Our Impatience?
Recent research suggests that laziness is a contagious attitude. When I read this, I was disheartened to find out that along with laziness, impatience and irritability is infectious. Researchers have found that people don’t have fixed characteristics, but often adjust to the attitudes of others. I find that our culture of instant gratification entitles us to get what we want right when we want it. Similarly, our culture’s glorification of busyness fosters an environment of impatience. Honestly, I can hardly go a day without getting impatient. From traffic, lines, slow Wi-Fi, rude drivers, and inconsiderate customers, it is second nature to be annoyed at the interruptions in our lives.
Impatience is like carbon monoxide in that it is so deadly, yet unseen and under-acknowledged. Moreover, impatience contradicts living a Biblical worldview. Impatience justifies our selfishness, whereas Christ became selfless. Impatience says it’s ok to act out of frustration, whereas the Bible tells us to be self-controlled and kind to everyone. Impatience puts us in the position of control, whereas God calls us to trust in Him and His plans. Though impatience opposes the things we are called to value, we allow impatience to seep into our thoughts and affections and eat away at our souls. Honestly, we tend to leave our impatience out of our spirituality, as if it doesn’t affect the way we connect with God and others. In Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges reminds us that impatience is sin, and sin destroys our relationships. It’s time that we hourly ask the Holy Spirit to convict us of where we are sinning in regards to being impatient. From there, may the Holy Spirit trade our impatience and anger for love, joy, peace & patience (Galatians 5:22).