Week 4 – Patience – The habit that assumes the best
Every person is different. I Corinthians 2:11 “No one can really know what anyone else is thinking or what he is really like, except that person himself.” There are several misconceptions when it comes to how we think about others. We must remember that words do not mean the sane thing to everyone. Accept the fact that there is more than one right way to see things, i.e. your way is not the only right way. And we need to stop thinking that we know what other people’s motives are. Perception does not always mean reality.
With patience we will re-establish control in a negative situation. Colossians 3:13 “You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you”.
If you seek power, remember that the most powerful person in the room is the one who is patient. Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.”
To develop patience always try to assume the best in others, even if there is not evidence to do so. Open your heart to a new perspective. Philippians 4:8 “Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others”.
To have patience, you must become a good listener. Remember that there are two sides to every story. Proverbs 18:13 “Listen before you answer. If you don’t you are being both foolish and insulting.”
Finally, follow the Golden Rule: Luke 6:31 “Do unto others the way you would want them to do unto you”