From Voris Vigee
Executive Vice President, Programming
God wants us to live worthy of being called a Christian. Sometimes we have to receive reminders about the fruits of a Christian such as: unity, loving to one another, peaceful, patient, humble, and kind; to name a few. Well, recently I received a friendly reminder about exercising patience. You know we all have heard the saying “patience is a virtue”, but what does the phrase really mean? I had to re-examine my definition of patience in the biblical sense, because I knew it wasn't defined as being a door mat; and I say this with a smile. The definition I found according to Study Light, “to be patient is to endure discomfort without complaint”. This calls into play another virtue, specifically, self-control. I learned from the Bible that Jesus was very patient with His disciples; they were at times selfish, untrustworthy, lazy, and stubborn. From my lenses, I can see how aggravating the situation may have been. Can you imagine how irritated Jesus could have been interacting with some of the disciples? Especially, having some disciples who wavered in their belief of Him, in spite of His wisdom and miracles. That had to be a very uncomfortable and disheartening experience for Jesus. But through it all, He had patience, which I think entails humility and self control.
If you think about it, Jesus did not complain about His disciples and their irritating actions; He exercised self-control. As far as humility, Jesus chose to humble himself by not exercising His right, as the Holy man in charge, and judge His disciples because of their faults. In the end, Jesus was committed to serving His disciples in spite of their shortcomings, as we should serve others. Let us be more like Christ and exercise patience in all we do for ourselves, each other, and the people we serve. Friendly reminders are good; they prevent us for travelling down the “wrong” path.
Remember to live as if everyone is watching; our stumble may prohibit someone from reaching their goal. Sometimes we forget as Christians that there are people watching our every move, not because they want to catch us doing something wrong, but because of admiration and the desire to become successful. Those admirers at times think “well that Christian must have the recipe for success and if I act and behave as he/she does, I will become successful”. When we as Christians stumble and make the “wrong” turn on a path, for whatever reason, that admirer sometimes assumes the turn was the “right” decision. The Christian bounces back from that wrong turn and the admirer who takes the same path, stumbles and never recovers. Let us remember, if we act more like Christ, all of us will achieve our goals.