So, we’ve all made it part way through summer & if you’re a kid or a parent, grandparent or caregiver, you know that patience is wearing thin at times, around any household. Adults want kids to do their chores and not play video games all day and kids want their parents to leave them alone, sleep in and play video games all day. And let’s not forget the glorious chorus heard everywhere, “I’m bored”. Remember these are the same kids who couldn’t wait for summer to get here! Any of this sound familiar to any of you? Recently or in years past? On more than one occasion, I’ve found myself needing to take a breather and walk away before responding to the “I’m bored” or “He/She’s touching/bugging me”. 2 Timothy 2:24 gives us clarity on patience by saying,
“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil.”
Now, our kids & families aren’t evil, but how many times do we get frustrated with them – and especially in the summer when things are not as scheduled, and our patience can wear very thin! May it be a prayer for you, that through the power of Christ, that your anxieties will not get the best of you, causing you to be patient with others because of the peace of God that transcends over all areas of your life – even your kid’s summertime boredom chants. Are you patient? Have you learned to be? Do you fly off the handle and yell at your kids quickly? Do you have a way to combat it? What are your boredom busters at home? For yourself or your kids? Paul is very clear in answering these questions that we may have,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
How do you seek God’s patience and peace in your life among the chaos?