I have a tendency to be very impatient. My husband will start talking about his day and a 5 minute story will turn into 3 hours with so many side trips that I get lost and confused. My kids will be playing with something, or pick something up or do something and after I've told them to stop once or twice they should stop right? Nope. So then I'll get impatient and start yelling at them. My oldest is almost 3 of course she's not going to pay attention to me when she's in to something she shouldn't be.
So I yell at my kids. I yell at my husband. I get easily annoyed or worse yet the exasperated sigh that says "You're so annoying!"
What I need to realize is everytime I yell I kill a little piece of their heart. I'm reading in Matthew and chapter 5:5 says blessed are the meek, they will inherit the earth. 5:7 says blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy. 5:9 says blessed are the peacemakers, they will be called sons of God. You probably recognize those as some of the beattitudes. Those few REALLY stuck out at me.
Jesus describes murder not only in the litteral sense of obviously don't kill people but also in the sense that if you get angry and yell then you are also murdering. I'm killing a loved one, hurting their heart every time I get impatient, every time I yell or get irritated. Matthew 5:21-26
I am BLESSED that my husband wants to share his day with me, who cares how many side trips his story takes, he's talking to me! I am BLESSED my kids are so curious and want to explore, they are healthy and happy! Today and all days I make the choice to be patient. I am God's girl and there is no room in my heart for anger or impatience towards my family or anyone else. I am blessed and I will practice self control!