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This semester of school, I’ve had the opportunity to work at my old grade school. It’s been quite an experience, with all the diversity of kids now, and the fact that I am helping out with third and fourth graders. I’ve had a front row to the changes these kids make in just one year; the difference between my two classes is incredible. The level of unruliness and chaos is much less in the fourth grade class, while the third grade class always seems to be a zoo.

There is one little third grade girl who never runs out of energy. It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with her.

A few days ago, I arrived my classroom bright and early. I noticed that this little girl was already driving the teacher insane. I took in a deep breath, sent a prayer to God to help me, and walked in. As the minutes passed my patience slowly and then more rapidly disappeared till I felt I was going to explode. I was trying to keep my calm, but it was as if this little student was purposely trying to test me to the limit.

Harsh Words

Finally, at my breaking point, with the little girl two inches from my face, her hand tightly, almost painfully gripping my arm, blaming me for all the wrong answers of the class, I felt my mouth start to open with harsh words on my tongue. Instantly, I felt God standing right next to me telling me, "Jennie, she's just a little girl. She's had a rough life and she needs understanding right now, a caring, patient adult. Be patient... be patient."

Life has a way, it seems, of finding us in situations where people purposely try to test us, trying to see how far our patience will go. These people are usually the ones who need our patience the most. In 1Thessalonians 5:14 Jesus says, “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”

Being patient when people rub us the wrong way is something we can only do with the help of our Lord. He is all-powerful, and He wants us to go and help those who need our patience. When we feel like we can give no more of our patience, remember this verse, look to Him, and He will help you find more.

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