Being patient by definition means bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc. with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
Like Joyce Meyer said patience is not waiting but it’s how we wait. We will have to wait for many things in this life and patience is the ability to wait without pitching a fit, getting angry, and giving up.
I like to believe that patience and persistence work together and that you can’t have one without the other, or it makes it easier to have both. You have to be persistent to finish the race and you have to be patient in the midst of the race so you can complete it.
Being patient wasn’t easy at times but God gave me patience, like in the times where I grew frustrated in plateau seasons. I would lose weight so easily for weeks then hit a plateau; my body got use to the workout and what I was doing so I stopped losing weight. I stopped seeing the scale drop and clothes becoming too big for me. That was where persistence and patience worked together with prayer of course; God kept encouraging me to keep working out even though the scale didn’t move and He encouraged me to see the plateaus in a different way. I actual became motivated, slightly 🙂 , to change up my workout. I went from elliptical only, to walking and slightly jogging on the treadmill, to actually jogging around my college campus and on the treadmill. It was amazing, and of course I started to see the progress again. I believe now that progress was being made but it took longer to actually see it; that’s why we have to be patient in our circumstances otherwise we may give up too soon.
It’s easy to give up but patience is for the mind and the motivational aspect of lifestyle changes. When it doesn’t look like anything is changing you have to hang in there and trust that things will look up for the better.
The Lord often brought to my attention that this generation is a “microwave generation”; we want everything and we want it now. It reminds me of my previous story in “Prayer” :). People don’t want to wait for anything, we want it now and don’t want to put in the work and time to get it. Weight loss, well in my case, was a “crock pot process”. Things took longer than if I went on a crash diet, had weight loss surgery, and etc… but lifestyle changes are more of a crock pot process. It takes longer and even when you’re hungry right now, you still have to wait until the food is done, otherwise it won’t taste right.
If you know you can’t be patient on your own, which I believe we all need help in this area, use the first “P”. Ask God to help you be patient or to have patience while working on yourself. He will answer. Keep waiting patiently for everything to work out for the better. Frustration can make us see everything as pointless and make us want to give up, but why risk losing the progress that has been made? Look at where you’re headed and how far you’ve come; don’t view this journey as a never ending process because it’s not and that only makes this process more discouraging.
Remember: You may be “hungry” right now but it will always taste better when it’s done, no matter how long it takes