Wal Mart and I share a love/hate relationship. I both love and hate Wal Mart. They do have the lowest prices, and I get the most use out of my coupons. Plus, I can get lots of things in one place. The problem is that something shifts inside me when I pass that greeter. The moment I walk through those automatic doors, it's like my impatience takes charge. I literally picture a little man inside me with "Impatience" written across his hat. When I grab that shopping cart, he yells, "Take no prisoners!"
Most of the time, my sin is not visible from the outside. But if you cut me off with your cart or linger too long blocking my access to the milk, you can bet your last baby wipe that I'm rolling my eyes and making smart comments on the inside.
James chapter three verse twelve says, "My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water."
You see, when I have impatience and tension bound up in my heart, it will surface in some form or fashion. Either I respond in a less than Godly way when Jonah pulls a jar of pickles off the shelf, or I take it out on my hubby at the end of the day. In one way or another, my salty heart will produce a stream of salt water in my life.
So how do I put an end to this domino effect? I begin by memorizing scripture. Whenever I find myself boiling on the inside, I can recall James 3:12 or Proverbs 10:19 (It's a good one, look it up). This reminds me in the heat of the moment to stop and do a gut check. Why do I feel this way? What does God say about my emotion? What would be a better way to respond?
Then I pray. I pray for God to change my heart. To restore my joy, renew my patience, and to adjust my perspective. Every time I take the time to allow God to change me, I get a little closer to living a Godly life in a broken world. A little closer to living a patient life in a Wal Mart kind of world.