Proverbs 25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Good leaders are patient. Patience is not procrastination or delaying an obligation; it is
waiting for the right time. In the appropriate moment we will achieve better results and avoid many difficulties.
Even though we are constantly pushed for higher levels of production, we must take the time to nurture people, not treat them as if they were machines. There are problems that cannot be solved right away and we must allow time for change. Change is a process that requires patience or we may add to the problem.
If we are not patient, we can become arrogant and oppressive and we will not stimulate or motivate people. Patience is being able to discern the right time to act. This is a true gift of the wise. Never let a problem hold you hostage, always deal with it.
Practicing patience gives us the ability to identify the right time to act or sort out situations. You will learn to distinguish whether you need to act or to wait, you will develop self-control, and create security and peace to those around us.
The first step in practicing patience is to control your emotions, always hold your peace and instead calm the fears of others, learn that there is always an appropriate moment to deal with every problem. Allow patience to prepare your heart. If you have doubts, wait for a moment. Sometimes, just waiting a few seconds could make a great difference, allowing you to think and make better decisions.
Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping the gears.
Each week inside of prison I meet with several groups of guys and study a principle with the goal of cultivating a values-driven, God-centered lifestyle. This week our principle was Patience. If you want to read last weeks principle click here.
For more on this Principle see Global Priority.