In a world where everything is practically instantaneous, patience is quickly becoming a lost art. Have you ever considered what the root of impatience is? It’s selfishness. We become impatient when someone is tying up our time, making us late, or getting on our nerves. Being patient is almost unnatural since is comes from a heart unselfishness and having a willingness to serve others. This is why it is so difficult to demonstrate patience when we feel betrayed, let down, treated unfairly, or that our needs have not been met in some capacity. Paul tells us that endurance produces proven character (Romans 5:4). Then to the church at Colossae he wrote, “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy.” So if you struggle with patience, pray about those areas and make a conscious effort to replace impatience with patience. Draw on the strength and power of God and you’ll be sure to reap the joy that patience brings.