Here is something you may not know about me. From time to time, I officiate weddings. I perform the service. I marry people.
One of the staples of the weddings I participate in is reading a Bible passage (1 Corinthians, Chapter 13) which begins love is patient, love is kind.
The point I like to underscore is that when it comes to relationship love is action rather than feeling.
How do you act patient? I ran across this quote describing patience.
“Patience is not passive resignation nor is it failing to act because of our fear. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all I can: working, hoping and exercising faith; bearing hardships with fortitude even when it means delaying the desires of your heart. Patience is not simply enduring. It’s enduring well.” Dieter Uchtdorf.
To be patient is brave work. It’s toughing out situations. It’s trying again. It’s biting your tongue. It’s holding back criticism. It’s choosing words carefully. It’s getting up from being knocked down. It’s putting pain and disappointment aside. It’s choosing a positive approach.