News out of London confirms patience is increasingly rare.
Among other findings, a study–commissioned by BIC–found that Brits became angry if their tea kettle took more than 28 seconds to boil.
Unless there’s some tea kettle technology I’m unaware of, that means these folks would routinely be boiling well before their kettle.
If you think patience is only a problem “across the pond” you’re kidding yourself. Americans might not get angry about tea kettles, but we have plenty of impatience with other things.
It’s easy to blame our becoming accustomed to “convenience” and getting things quickly. And there’s no doubt being able to have things “on demand” affect how long you like to wait on something without getting agitated.
At the same time, it seems too easy to just blame our smart devices and fast food restaurants. Surely we bear responsibility for our own lack of patience, don’t we?
On the plus side of this bad news: if you train yourself to develop patience you’ll be skilled in a valuable virtue most people seriously lack. That means the opportunity exists for Christians to shine light for Jesus merely by cultivating and using the patience we’re already supposed to have.
“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” -1 Timothy 6:11 (NKJV)
If you struggle with your own patience, now’s a good time to start practicing. Even a minute’s patience (literally one minute) will put you ahead of the pack.
Give it some thought,
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