Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. – Galatians 6:6-9
Do you ever get tired of trying?
Do you ever look around you, throw up your hands in exasperation and say, “Why do I even bother?”?
Well, if you don’t, then you’re some kind of saintly saint, dude. You’re clearly one of those Big “S” saints. (Seriously, what are you still doing here? Shouldn’t you be in heaven by now?)
The thing is… we ALL get tired of trying. We ALL get tired of the day to day routine, the mundane, the frustrations, the set-backs, the constant banging of our heads against walls hoping for different outcomes, the failures, the missed opportunities, the should-haves-but-didn’ts, the would-haves-but-couldn’ts, the questions, the confusions, the misunderstandings, the failed attempts, the I-just-want-to-bury-my-head-in-the-sand-because-I-messed-up-again moments.
Forever and ever.
‘Til death do us part.
Some days just feel worse than others.
But it’s a constant battle. A continual fight. Every morning we’re forced to make the decision of whether we’re going to arm ourselves with the armor of God and try again, or if we’re going to slink back to bed and give up.
You can’t give up. Because if you give up now, then what’s the good of the previously-won battles? If you give up now, what’s going to happen with those soon-to-be-victories?
That discouragement… those questions… those doubts… that’s the enemy fighting against your progress. You don’t always see it… but you’re making a bigger difference, having a deeper impact than you ever could imagine. You don’t always see the end-result of planting the seed, watering the sapling, or pruning the thorns. But you can bet your bippy that every single one of your words, actions, deeds and prayers have had an effect. Especially when the Lord is your leadership. None of that is ever wasted. You might not always see the arrow hit its mark, but you can rest assured that without your efforts, the bow may not ever have been raised, or the arrow released.
God needs you – your talents, your gifts, your personality, your strengths… and yes, even your weaknesses – because every day you get up to fight the good fight again, our team gains a little ground, and the enemy loses more of his.
So, don’t you ever, EVER give up. We need you to keep fighting the good fight.