By the Rev. Cara Scriven | Tacoma District Superintendent
By the time I arrive home with my youngest girls each evening, everyone is hungry and the first thing the twins ask for is a snack. Often times, this declaration that they are starving begins as soon as their feet cross the threshold of our home. To the girls dismay, it is difficult to prepare them a snack before I have taken off my coat and put down my things. I frequently have to remind them to be patient. Yet, for two five year-olds, five minutes is a lifetime away.
Children are not the only ones for whom patience is difficult. Adults have an equally difficult time with this fruit of the Spirit. Impatience has grown as we have become accustomed to receiving whatever we desire instantaneously. For example, we get frustrated if a web page takes longer than 5 seconds to load or if we have to wait three weeks for the delivery of the newest iPhone. With music, information, and movies at our finger tips, television shows on demand, and Amazon Prime 2 day shipping; it is difficult for us to learn patience.
Impatience is not only visible in our secular lives; it has also permeated our spiritual ones. Today, we expect that if we give one hour a week to God, whether in worship or small groups, we should experience a deep and meaningful spiritual life. However when we study the great saints of the Christian faith, we realize that it takes decades and hours of attention to gain the kind of spirituality many are seeking. It is no surprise then that in our society which values quik responses, many of us give up searching for spiritual depth before we have even really begun.
Read more of Cara’s post here: http://www.pnwumc.org/news/change-your-spiritual-life-in-5-minutes-a-day/