Living a Fruitful Life – Patience
There’s a funny story about a man who was walking through a supermarket with a screaming baby in the shopping cart. A woman nearby noticed that time and again the man would calmly say, “Keep calm, Albert. Keep calm, Albert.” Finally, in admiration for the man’s patience as the child continued to wail, the woman walked up to him and said, “Sir, I must commend you for your patience with baby Albert.” To which the man replied, “Madam, I am Albert!” I think that we all can relate to that man. Patience does not come naturally to most of us. It’s something that we constantly need to work on. I like what Joyce Meyer said about patience: I have learned that I really do have discipline, self-control, and patience. But they were given to me as a seed, and it's up to me to choose to develop them. Patience is a seed that comes to us from God but we need to make a choice to cultivate it if we want it to grow. This morning we will take some time to talk about the obstacles that stand in the way of becoming more patient and how to cultivate the fruit of patience in our life. And…if you are patient, I know you will leave with something helpful.