Monday, December 29, 2008


From Blog08

Impatience says, “I want it now!
Let others wait. I’m special—ME!
So move me past this line somehow,
And if you don’t, you’ll pay! You’ll see.”

Impatience comes from smelly pride
That’s thinking only of itself.
That pride may hide down deep inside,
But then pops out and shows itself.

The patient person waits in peace
Because the Father’s in control.
The wait gives time for sweet release,
For peace down in the soul.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience....
--Galatians 5:22

Photo and poem ©2008 James L. Swindle


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Great little poem, brother!
The line "Impatience comes from smelly pride That’s thinking only of itself" reminds me of a saying my mother used to remind us of, from time to time, "Self praise stinks." I don't know if it was her saying, or the English translation of an old Polish proverb, but she said it with such certainty and conviction, that it shut us up, any time we were caught glorying in the flesh.

Myra said...

Thank you so much for what you said about the Christmas cactus. I didn't know how it stayed on the Christmas schedule, year after year. Your analogy fits so well. I may even print that and put it in my Bible.

Have a wonderful New Year, blessing others with your poetry and the wisdom given to you by God.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you both for the encouragement. As you say, Myra, any wisdom any of us has is from the Lord.