'taking action with Christ'
#6 Patient with Yourself
There's a gentle warning that's common amongst leaders, coaches, and even parents, "Do as I say, not as I do!" Most don't realize that this statement is actually from the Bible. Found in Matthew 23:3, "their lives are not good examples for you to follow. They tell you to do things, but they don't do those things themselves."
This applies with ourselves taking action with Christ. We have to act out and follow the same instructions we preach to others. Acting patient with ourselves leads the charge. Too often we extend God's instruction calling out 'to be patient,' and 'trust in His perfect timing,' only to turn around and have no patience with our own wants and needs.
There will be things that try our patience daily, making it feel even more difficult to persevere with a good attitude in our own situations. We want results and we want them now where exercising patience ourselves feels impossible. These are our moments to authenticate our message to others. These are our moments to act with Christ as a living model of our faith.
"Jesus, I want to act on Your instruction, not just deliver it as what others should do! My patience is at its limits. Help me turn to Your word, pray expectantly, but then, trust Your timing to deliver Your favor. I love you Jesus, Amen!"
Romans 12:12 (ICB)
"Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes. Pray at all times."
Psalm 37:7 (CEV)
"Be patient and trust the Lord. Don't let it bother you when all goes well for those who do sinful things."
2 Peter 3:8 (CJB)
"Do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day."