Patience is a virtue, so they say. Not the easiest thing in the world for me, but as I have gotten older I find that being patient isn’t quite as hard as it used to be.

Paul speaks these words in Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

This has been the year for patience. As we separate ourselves from friends, loved ones and co-workers, talk to each other via FaceTime, Zoom, Webex or some other video platform, we patiently wait for the time that we will be able to drop in unexpectedly on everyone!

In order to be safe and respectful of all those in our lives we have taken steps to patiently keep to ourselves and wait for the tide to change. We do this out of love for others and ourselves not wanting to be infected with a virus that has the potential to kill us or cause ongoing medical issues. Most of the people who have contracted COVID-19 have shaken it off, but you never know how it will affect each individual person.

Paul uses this passage in Colossians to encourage believers in Jesus Christ to live a godly life through his Holy Spirit. Being patient is one of the spiritual gifts that the word promises us. This is a wonderful gift because even without the advent of COVID-19 life requires patience every day.

We wait patiently in line at stores, the DMV, Post Office and pharmacies. Without choosing patience in situations we would more than likely run over someone, push someone out of the way, yell at our kids or say things we know will hurt someone’s feelings.

Everyday we choose to wield the wonderful action of patience. Without it we would be a society of selfish, pushy and mean-spirited people. I believe that most people give others the gift of their patience, it comes through random acts of kindness and other expressions of caring. We are a very caring community!

God has given us a gift that is so needed in our world today. Let us embrace this gift and look towards the future as this virus fades slowly away and we can again live life openly with our family and friends.

But no matter what challenges come along, wield that gift of patience because everyone else around you needs some love and caring today.

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Lisa Scarborough is director of Love In Action.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.