Over this first year I have been living in El Paso, TX, I have learned a lot about patience.
I would like to say I am a fairly patient person, but I can see now I still have work to do.
Patience finding a Job
When I first moved here I thought I would find a job no problem, especially since El Paso is a large city – the largest I have ever lived in. I was searching online, handing out resumes and friends were sending me job opportunities. Either the business was not hiring, I did not like the job or I was waiting for something better. I imagined myself landing a job at a magazine or a company where I could take pictures, write stories and take care of their social media.
During the first few months I had the hope and patience to look for a job and reach out to others. After awhile though, I got frustrated and was wondering why God was making me wait so long to find a job.
Sometime after Christmas I finally found two jobs and was hired by Sam’s Club and my church’s nursery. It wasn’t what I hoped for, but it paid the bills and the people were nice! Praise God.
Shortly after, I quit Sam’s right before places were shut down because of COVID and not long after the nursery was closed due to COVID as well.
While that happened I continued to search and apply for other jobs. I could see a change in my patience with finding a job and with God. Before I was quick to get frustrated, mad and just wonder why I could not find a job and if God was hearing me. I knew I could and can always trust God, I just needed to actually trust Him. I think it is easy to hold onto things we pray for and not always completely trust God in those times, sometimes even trusting on worldly possessions or people. I highly believe this affects our attitude towards life, ourselves, others and God as well. When we completely trust in God we know He is in complete control. We just sometimes need to wait and be patient, whether that be 1 day, 3 weeks, 1 year or 15 years. I know that is easier said than done.
I have now been blessed by God with the best job as a manager for Philia Coffee Community & Wine Bar.
Patience in Relationships
Lately in my quiet time I have read about anger and not being quick to anger.
I have never been an angry person. Honestly, I remember one time in high school I only raised my voice once when I was around all my friends. They all thought I was angry and were shocked to see me raise my voice. I thought that was kind of funny. Especially since I was not mad, I was just trying to be stern and serious about a situation.
Sometimes if we are stressed or think someone should understand us the first time, that causes a lot of quick to anger moments. That is when we need to be most patient and gracious with one another. I know I have fallen into that a few times.
The most important part is to realize we are not being patient or are quick to anger in certain situations. By realizing, we can prevent it from happening in the future. It does not hurt to say “I am sorry” as well. I don’t know about you, but when I am not patient or am quick to anger with someone I feel crummy and I know they probably do too.
I guess all I am trying to say is be kind to one another. Work on yourself and lift one another up. Encourage each other, be patient and be slow to anger. Understand each and every one of us are completely and uniquely made in the eyes of God. We are all going to think, understand and process differently.
As I am starting my managing role I know this will help me a lot to understand and work with my team.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Kind words are as a honeycomb sweet to the soul and healing to the body.
Until Later. Xxx