long-suf·fer·ing

adjective
adjective: longsuffering
having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people.
“his long-suffering wife”
synonyms: patientforbearingtolerantuncomplainingstoicstoicalresignedMore

 

Long suffering is so easily forgotten of all fruits of the spirit. Ephesians 4:2 talks about “with long suffering, bearing with one another in love.”

Patience is 10/10 a learned character train. As children we are born impatient, and as we get older we tend to be less patient for those who can not keep up with us, or we lose patience with those we may not hold in a high regard (those in which we do not show favor).

I feel as though long suffering is a character trait our nation needs some education on. DISCLAIMER: this is not a political or religious rant, but a thought to consider. I am speaking to leaders, lovers, parents, captains and all breathing humans.

Here are a couple of quotes that recently crossed paths with me THAT I LOVE:

  • We suffer more often in imagination than reality – Seneca
  • Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor. – Alexis Carrell

I encourage you to sit down with 2 people who inspire you. Who light up your life when they walk in the room. Ask them what keeps them positive and encouraged. How do they do it? What keeps them going? You will be surprised. Our favorite relationships can go deeper with the analysis and improvement of ourselves. Today, I commit to improve myself before I ask more of others.