ONE “INSTRUCTIVE PROVERB A DAY”
TITLE: Patience Brings Understanding
Text: Read Proverbs 14:29
Date: 20 April 2011
Written by: Conrade Yap
“A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” (Prov 14:29, NIV)
How do you define a micro-second? Some cynics claim that it is the time between the first flash of the green light, and the first impatient honk of the vehicle behind you. Sometimes, when motorists have their eyes only on the lights, they fail to appreciate that there are other road users as well. I remember an occasion where one driver refuses to move forward even when the green light is on. Despite the impatient horns from other cars behind, he remains unflustered. A few second later, everyone could see an old man, struggling his best to cross the road.
Sometimes, there are reasons why people fail to drive off as quickly as usual. For safety sake, motorists need to be aware that pedestrians, cyclists, and other smaller vehicles have the same rights to use the road too. If we give ourselves time to be patient, to understand the reasons behind the slow reaction of drivers, we encourage a more patient society.
“All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.” (Thomas à Kempis)
Time to Reflect: A person of understanding will gain more understanding.
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