Several years ago, I clocked out at my second shift factory job at about 11:30pm. On the way home, I pulled up to a red light and stopped behind a car that had several people in it. I recognized them as co-workers who were carpooling. They were talking and laughing, happy to be on their way home after a long day’s work.
I decided I would have some fun with them. The instant that the light turned green, I laid on the car horn. They quickly looked back, shocked and angry that someone would be so impatient and so rude.
I confessed my “sin” to them the next day and we had a good laugh about it.
We are often much too quick to sound off when we are impatient. Perhaps we should relax, slow down and think before acting or speaking in situations where our patience is put to the test. After all, patience is part of the proof that the Holy Spirit is active in our lives.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is…patience…”—Galatians 5:22.