Okay, let’s take a moment to look at ourselves in the mirror to see if we have any hypocrisy. I know, it’s not a pretty blemish to look for, but if we are going to correct that blemish we need to look at it directly.
Patience is a trait that I have had most of my life, it probably comes easier to me than for most people. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have moments of impatience. I have found that I am VERY impatient with people who are… impatient!
Whether they are tailgating a slower car, or showing impatience for a slow moving elderly person in the check out stand at the grocery store, or slapping a computer keyboard or clicking the mouse faster than the Internet connection can respond (that’s my worst pet peeve!), these impatient people bring out my own impatience.
God is helping me though by bringing my character flaw to the forefront of my mind. The patience that I do have for all of the rest of the people in the world does NOT make up for my moments of impatience, regardless of how “justified” my impatience may seem to me at the moment or how wrong the other impatient people might be in acting toward others.
On this point of looking in the mirror at ourselves, I had to laugh with my wife a while back. She admitted that she was easily offended by people who are… easily offended!
God is helping her too.
What about you? Do you have a similar dichotomy where you see that you are guilty of the same thing that upsets you about others?
Please share your own “mirror insights” in the comments. I know that your own transparency and journey of being changed with God’s help will be a blessing to us and to the others who read this.