The Price of Impatience

The Price of Impatience

I recently read the book, “To Fly Again” by Gracia Burnham.  One sentence from this book had a big impact on me.  She said, “Impatience is a way of saying, ‘I am more important than you are.’” 

The truth of that statement rings loudly in my ears because I am guilty of impatience so often.  I don’t call it that, of course.  I’m trying to get three errands done on my lunch hour so I am being efficient.  So it is reasonable that I ride the bumper of the car in front of me, right?  I only have one item and exact change so I should I break into a trot to reach the checkout line before that person with 25 items, right?  Wrong!  It is impatience, pure and simple.  That is me holding myself in higher esteem than others.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.   Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

I’m pretty sure the verse above is not fulfilled when I do the fast-walk to jump in front of someone in line or honk at a slow driver in traffic.  If these behaviors are in direct opposition to the instructions of my Lord; that tells me they are sinful.  Sin is a high price to pay for getting those errands accomplished on time. 

Now that I see what I am doing, I will repent of it and ask God to train me to be better in this area.  I fear this training process will mean a LOT of chances to be in the slowest line at Wal-Mart.  I would appreciate your prayers as I embark on this journey!