Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:1-2 “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.”
France is home to the TGV, the “Train Grande Vitesse.” This high speed train has an average speed of 173.6 miles per hour! It costs more to travel this way but easily cuts travel time in half.
The need for speed is something many cultures share. Regardless of what country, there will always be drivers on the road who are in a huge hurry. The left lane on major roads in France is not to be used except for passing. When one violates this rule of the road, there are immediate consequences. Someone is sure to be on your bumper breathing down your neck!
Our verse for today speaks of showing patience with others. When I think about applying this to my attitude on the road, I see how far I have to go! Impatience can show itself in so many ways: tailgating, cutting someone off, leaning on the horn or swearing. My body can feel impatient with higher blood pressure, tensed muscles, or my personal favorite, biting the lip!
All of my impatient behavior, on the road or elsewhere, is not worthy behavior for the one who belongs to Him. It does not show humility or gentleness, tolerance or love. Somehow, in a church setting, I can hold it together for an hour. But behind that wheel is my true test!
Showing patience for others is always a challenge on my own. Thankfully, patience is a part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22. The Holy Spirit has plenty to spare, even after showing ME patience!