Written by Pastor Rex Hamilton
When I was about 7 years old, I sang in the kids choir at my church. One year we did a concert called, The Music Machine. It was a popular musical production that sang about the Fruit of the Spirit. I can still remember every word to the song called, “Patience”…
“Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient, you only start to worry…”. Funny how some songs just stick with you!
Such a simple (and cheesy) kids song, yet so true for all of us! Impatience with others, God, or ourselves almost always leads to worry and anxiety. If Paul’s words in Galatians 5:22 (NLT) are true that the Holy Spirit “PRODUCES” patience in us- our worry and anxiety will only stunt the Spirit’s work in us. Saying “don’t be impatient” is obviously easier said than done, but the next time you feel anxious or worried about something in your life, ask yourself if it is in any way connected with needing to be patient.
If it is, take a deep breath…whisper the name Jesus and remember the wise words of Winnie the Poo – “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”