Patty and I are on the road this beautiful, sunny morning on I-5 just about ready to exit on 205 and there is an accident so the traffic is creeping along at a snails pace, and the freeway sign we just passed said it was going to take an hour to get to I–84. Oh well, Patty is driving and I am drinking coffee and writing this blog so I will choose to be patient and to enjoy the leisurely time. “Choose to be patient”, and “choose to enjoy”, can I do that? Sure I can, I don’t have to let circumstances control my life. The Bible uses the phrase “put on”, like we would choose what we will wear, so we can “put on” or choose to act a certain way in spite of events and emotions.
Colossians 3:12-13 put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other
The problem is many don’t choose how they act, they just do what their “flesh” or “self” dictates or pulls them towards, they do the natural or automatic thing. People who act according to the impulse of their flesh which is prompted by circumstances and events around them will have regular times of conflict and misery in life.
The first step is to acknowledge the fact that we can choose how we act and respond to life problems, no matter how big they may be. Then to acknowledge the fact that there is a right, good and best way to act in every situation. As we start to be one of those who choose to “put on patience” we will find that the pull of our “flesh” to be irritated, angry, and impatient is strong and we will have to “choose” over and over again. As we do that we will eventually train ourselves to be patient and we became a person with the character trait of patience.
The really cool thing for me as a follower of Jesus is that as I pursue the right, good, and best way of acting I have the power of God available to me so I can confidently say ” I can”. Life change and growth won’t be quick or easy, but it will be sure as I continue to “choose”.