Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)

Have you ever had to wait for something you wanted? Did you think waiting was fun? Our parents and teachers often tell us to be patient. Why is this so important?

Patience is, “to be able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people.” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary) This can look different depending on the circumstances. For example, we can be patient when waiting for our turn to play with a ball. Or, when we are trying to teach a friend how to play a game and they do not get it right away, we can show patience by no getting mad at them and continuing to help them. When we do these things, we are honoring others above ourselves. When we are impatient we have “eyes on me” rather than “eyes on Thee.” By being patient with others, we are truly loving God and our neighbor.

The first three words in 1 Corinthians 13:4 are, “Love is patient…” Love and patience go together. You cannot be patient with others if you do not love them. In the same way, you cannot truly be loving others and not be patient with them. This is one of the ways that we can tell that God loves us. No matter how many times we fall, He will always be there to put us back on the right path when we ask.

Just as He is patient with us, we must also be patient with Him. Genesis chapters 37-50 tell us about Joseph’s life. Joseph did many great things, but the Bible really highlights his patience and his faith in the Lord. God told Joseph through dreams that his brothers and his father would bow down to him one day. He had these dreams when he was very young, and he did not see them fulfilled for many years. He was patient though, and many years later, after much hardship and suffering, God not only carried out His promise but also blessed him beyond what he was expecting. Through Joseph, we see that God rewards those who are patient, whether that reward comes immediately or many years later.

Therefore, I challenge you to let you friend play with the ball a little longer and continue to help someone when they do not get it at first because patience is a very important part of loving others and God well.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Chessa, one of our Tenth grade students (pictured above).