I know that patience has a lot of fans, but for me, when it comes to the fruit of the spirit you can’t beat self-control. I use it almost every morning when I read political blogs, then get on Facebook and read how stupid all of my friends are. But do I TELL them? No, cause I got control.
Besides, what good would it do?
The problem with self-control is that no one ever recognizes you’re using it. Sure you’ll hear people say, “You have so much patience!”, or “What a kind thing you just did!” but no one EVER says, “Thanks for not pointing out what a donkey’s behind I am!”
But just when I think that maybe I should give up on the whole Self-Control thing, I meet someone who already has, and oh, boy.
Sunday, my tennis team played in the semi-finals. I wasn’t in the line-up (what!!) but I decided to go and cheer them on. Apparently, just before I got there, the other team Captain cussed out our team Captain and we had to threaten to call the police to get her to shut-up. I. Miss. Everything.
Maybe she had a good reason? Seems that she wanted us to play three matches at once, instead of two, and when our captain wouldn’t start early, she threw a fit. One of my teammates asked her to move so they could see the tennis match that was going on behind her, and the crazy woman jumped on the bleachers and yelled that she would stand anywhere she dang well wanted! She cussed and jumped and generally acted like a PURE IDIOT. Another team member asked her to stop using crude language in front of the kids that were there and she said, “You want crude? I’ll show you crude!” then she proceeded to SHIMMY her belly and boobs at our team. And she had a lot of both to shimmy.
I’m going to be honest. If I found a time-machine and could only make one trip to the past and it was between stopping a presidential assassination and getting to the match twenty minutes earlier with a recording device, I’m not sure which one I’d choose.
28 A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out. Proverbs 25:28
Also, like a PURE IDIOT.
But that’s just my opinion, I’m not putting it on Facebook or anything.