Don’t roll your eyes at ME, young lady!
You know, one day your eyes are going to get stuck like that.
Does that hurt, Kristin?
If your eyes roll back any further, they might roll all the way back around.
You’re going to give your self a headache if you keep that up!
My entire childhood, I was being reprimanded for eye-rolling. This usually came from my dad. I don’t recall a single instance where my mom said a word about it. She didn’t seemed to be as bothered by my (according to my dad) disrespectful nuances. Not to mentioned, I learned how to roll my eyes from her side of the family. They also taught me how to use sarcasm, but I digress.
Here I am, a 27-year-old woman, and I’m still an eye-roller. My father has finally stopped berating me about it. He doesn’t have to as he has passed that torch onto my husband. It’s maddening.
The other day, I was reading 1 Corinthians 13 (aka The Love Chapter). I was working on this week’s small group study, actually. Then, as per usual, I got distracted. Apparently I have the attention span of a goldfish these days. I ended up perusing through Facebook for a moment.
I stumbled upon a friend’s post and was instantly annoyed. Honestly, I don’t even remember what the post was or what it said; I just remember being annoyed. And there went the eyes: Rolling, rolling, rolling…
Then, I got caught in the irony of the situation. Here I was reading the love chapter while simultaneously being easily-angered.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
I asked my self: would love roll its eyes? Would love be constantly annoyed?
Now, obviously, not every single eye-roll is sinful. You can obviously roll your eyes in a fun or playful way. Even sarcasm can be used in jest. But, that wasn’t the case here.
I need to deal with my hair-trigger temper. I need to deal with my lack of patience. I need to stop assuming the worst in people. A lack of patience seems to be a prevalent issue among Christians today. We can blame stress, our schedules, our job, our spouse, or our kids or; we can get proactive.
We aren’t born patient. No, we’re born sinners. (Read Psalm 51, if you have a moment). The fruits of the Spirit (e.g. patience) need to be cultivated. These fruits may take some time to develop. But, God is faithful. The Holy Spirit aids in enabling the will of the Father. If we are to produce good fruit, the Holy Spirit will help us do that. Although, quick disclaimer: it has been my experience that you don’t cultivate patience by AVOIDING situations that test your patience. Actually, it seems to go the other way around…
If this is something you deal with, pray about it. If you’re an eye-rolling, perpetually-annoyed, hair-trigger tempered kind of guy or gal, take it to God. Be aware of it and aim to produce good fruit.
God bless you all