Patience isn't a lost art...just not a great habit
Lemme use my own life as an example. If I pull up to a Starbucks to grab a coffee and I see more than 4 people in line something in me says "oh man this won't go quickly". So I then tried something, I timed how long it would take with more than 4 people in line compared to 2 or less people in line.
The difference I saw in the same day at the same Starbucks location (because all good experiments need a constant right)?
People I am a sick creature if I cannot pause my mind for 3 extra minutes to wait for a coffee I really want.
Second example; It isn't uncommon for me to have 6+ windows open on my MacBook Pro (yes I know I am loved by Jesus cause I use an Apple). With those window's open I am often moving from my Calendar, to a project list, to a Bible app, to several other things-I am constantly moving. In that moving I become focussed on the work I need to get done on my time-frame. Nothing wrong with being efficient & effective, but when I get a phone call from someone I love dearly & my attention is strained on a task & a person....the person will always lose out. That creates relational pain. When distractions don't allow words to be chosen carefully it can appear I just want brush someone off. Truth of the matter is a digital screen cannot replace a human heart beat.
Again I have an issue if a task is more important than time given to a person.
But then I see the flip side in myself;
I find myself willing to sit and listen to a sermon on a podcast that I am enthralled with. I find myself digging into the scriptures and I don't want to quit. I am perfectly fine just sitting & reading and allowing God to nurture my soul.
I am great sitting on the side of a mountain or on a beach for HOURS to just watch & enjoy the creation of God.
So why does my life reflect an inconsistency with patience?
Because patience isn't a lost art....just not a great habit. I need to be conscious about my patience levels in various moments.
Driving, dealing with my kids, conversations with people, time with my wife, time with God, standing in a line at Starbucks, Target or at Pedro's Tacos. EVERYWHERE I need to be constantly developing the habit of patience.
Galatians 5 says patience is evidence of a relationship with Christ, Proverbs 16 says patience is better than power, Isaiah 7 shows that patience with God set-ups divine collisions between Christ & humanity.
I think the discipline of patience is close to the heart of Jesus...but that is another post.