Urgent: thefreedictionary.com adjective
a. crucial, desperate, pressing, great, important, crying, critical, immediate, acute, grave, instant, compelling, imperative, top-priority, now or never, exigent, not to be delayed; b. Antonymns: minor, trivial, unimportant, low-priority, casual, apathetic, lackadaisical, weak, feeble, perfunctory, half-heartedI am not patient. Waiting in lines drives me nuts. I will schedule my entire day to avoid sitting in traffic. Waiting for things like Christmas or birthdays isn’t bad, but I have to work to muster a mature, adult attitude about things like long speeches, unending meetings and pontification. I know that patience is a gift of the Spirit, a personality trait that comes from God. I just happen to know that it’s one that I lack, pretty completely.
This wouldn’t be such a problem if I didn’t work in the church. In another walk of life, I could rush from meeting to meeting, eat sushi while driving, start meetings precisely on time, and aim always to end early. In the church, though, it’s frequently so countercultural that I end up being rude, breaking tacit rules about operating on “God’s time” … or at least that’s what we say. I wonder if we say we are working on God’s time to justify our own paralyzing fears about facing the difficult times in which we live.