February 23, 2014

Don't Get Weary

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest  if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9  (NIV)

One thing I have come to realize lately is that no matter how hard you try, it may never be good enough.  That doesn’t mean you stop trying.  Let me clarify…it may not be good enough for the world, but if you do the best that you can God will see your works.  Sometimes we get in situations where we are giving 100% to a career, or a relationship, or our family or our church or even learning a new skill (cooking for instance); yet no matter how hard we try and give all that we have it’s not good enough by the world’s standards.  We are judged because the soufflé fell, or the relationship ended, or all of the family’s needs weren’t met, the church conference didn’t go off without a hitch…even your job performance is criticized.  Well, I’m here to share a bit of good news…God sees your every effort, the late nights, the tears, and the sacrifices.  

He looks at our heart and judges accordingly, and He is indeed the only one who can judge.  So, don’t get weary in well doing.

He will give you peace

If we know that what we are doing is unto God, and honoring God, then we should take solace in the fact that we are giving our all and doing the best we can.  We cannot live by others’ standards, no matter how right they feel that they are.  Not to say that there aren’t rules and protocols that need to be followed, but there are realities as well.  Honor God in your daily life and He will right the wrongs and give you beauty for ashes.

It’s hard not to get discouraged when all you see and hear are negatives.  Sometimes you want to hear someone say “good job” or “good try” or “how can I help”.  We have to turn off the negatives of the world and also turn off the negative self talk.  We can internalize what others are giving us and soon begin to doubt our own self worth and abilities.  We can soon get burned out and wonder why we no longer care about the things we used to care about.  So often we exhaust ourselves while trying to live up to certain expectations and then find ourselves so “done” that we are no longer any good for our cause or ourselves. 

I cook as a stress reliever and try all kinds of different recipes.  I get joy in this, especially when I’ve had a rough day.  Now just imagine if I had someone standing over my shoulder pointing out that the measurements weren’t quite right or the oven was too hot or the veggies were too soft. Something I enjoyed, would now become a chore and I wouldn’t want to do it anymore.  Now think about your situation...

I heard a poem recently, that says “God, forgive me when I whine”….well we are all guilty, even if it’s just for a moment. Yet, the Holy Spirit checks me.  And sometimes, what a check it is! But when you think about it, that whining and complaining comes from being weary.  When we anchor ourselves in God, read His word, pray, and meditate it’s so much easier to deal with what comes our way because our focus is not on the circumstances, it’s on God.  So don’t get weary in well doing.  Keep advocating for the vulnerable, keep working hard at keeping healthy relationships, stay strong while mending your family, keep working on that recipe and certainly keep your eyes on God.  He promised…yes, He promised that we would reap a harvest if we don’t give up.  Amen!

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