Love is Patient

Have you noticed how many fast food restaurants are on our roads? It is almost unbelievable. Just a few chains make it nationwide, and cars keep those chains open all the time. I know all about this. McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Taco Bueno, Whataburger, Braums, Arby’s, Hardees/Carl’s Jr., Sonic…I have been good friends with many of these places over the past few years of my life. My mom calls it instant gratification.

Some of my friends travelled to Italy. They told me the average meal took hours to prepare. That is a little bit different from the average fast food restaurant. I know how long it takes to make a meal at Wendy’s. I worked there. It is just a few minutes.

We consume like there’s nothing left to do. What will you do after you read this blog? Move on. Read something else. Text someone else. There is always something else to do. Something else to take in. Right now.

I think I was a little surprised when I actually started cooking food in college. The process itself took a while. I saw my mom cook my whole life, but I got accustomed to walking into the Caf, and all the food (if we can call it that) was ready to eat. When I cooked, the preparation took too much time. There were other things to do. So my eating habits became about fast food chains, which have certain side effects. Namely, fifty pounds. Also, the expectation I can get what I want when I want it.

When Paul talks about love in Corinthians, he kicks off with the words, “Love is patient.”

I think a lot of singles my age have this idea: “I want to fall in love, and I want to fall in love now!”

Love is patient. One of my new favorite books, Love Does by Bob Goff talks about how love does over the long haul. Bob pursued his wife for three years before she gave him a shot. Because love is patient.

Every one of my friends who gets married says it is not what they expected. They say some things are far better, and other things are more difficult than what they expected. When you get married, you are learning how to sync up with another person. You both grew up differently. You celebrate different. You process differently. You both have different quirks, and those quirks aren’t going anywhere.

Today is a good time to start practicing patience. I know I need to work on my patience. Patience allows all the other virtues of love to be given in a way someone can receive with gratitude.

Good things are made over the long haul. The best food isn’t cooked in four minutes. It takes preparation. The greater the wait, the greater the savoring. I’m told by people further along in life the best love isn’t made in a day, but over a lifetime. Love is patient.

I encourage you go over to Brianna Gaither’s website and listen through her album, Love is Patient. After you listen to one song, you will want to buy the whole album. Then buy Love Does by Bob Goff. Most of all, read 1 Corinthians 13 and do something different with patience today.



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