Long-suffering and Patience

I’ve been thinking about this the whole day–what it means to be long-suffering and patient, two traits I’ve never really acquired in my life. But, it’s become apparent this whole school year that it is something I need to work on.

Whether it be friends, roommates, homework and tests, work, relationships, or family, it matters not. And trust me, I’ve had issues in all of these this school year.

This year, I have been trying to improve myself. I read the Ensign more often, listen to the talks in church better, read my scripture every morning, and practice. True, I am not perfect nor do I succeed everyday. I have to keep reminding myself to be more patient and in doing so, I will become long-suffering.

Alma 13:28-29 really helps keep things in perspective for me. I am trying to be better.

I live with 4 other girls, 3 of which don’t really do their dishes nor clean up after themselves. I hated doing their dishes all last semester. Then, my mom suggested I look at it as a service opportunity and have an attitude of service while doing them. I have begun to do that. True, it sometimes still irks me that after two days every single dish in the house is dirty again, but I just pop in my iPod, roll up my sleeves, and do the dishes.

I’m getting better with relationships as well, whether friends or family. If there was a trait I didn’t like, I would make it known and if someone let me down or made me mad, I would try (although not successful for long) to hold a grudge. But, I’ve been trying to think–why should I be mad or disgruntled? I love them. I should be patient and long-suffering. After all, it is just grapefruit.

I am still working my way there. I have to remember to constantly remind myself how and why I should improve myself. I need to remember what I am ultimately working for.

But, I am getting better and that knowledge makes every step easier.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Aunt Wendy

    Self is the only control we have. It's a life-long process and I'm so proud of you for making such a conscious effort at it at this point in your young life. You are a good girl. Now you're even improving that. Great job honey!

  • I can so relate to this post! I really need to work at looking at the sink as a service opportunity – because I most certainly haven't been. Thanks!