Don’t Lose Heart
Don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.Galatians 6:9-10
How can we not get discouraged when we deal with overwhelming tasks and challenges and the brokenness, opposition, and evil in the world around us? How can we not faint or give up but keep doing good to everyone, even those who are difficult? Paul tells us here that we can successfully keep running our race with endurance and not burn out in doing what’s right only by fixing our eyes on Jesus.
Our faith, our ability to be a blessing and to do good to our brothers and sisters or to accomplish anything at all of lasting value depends on Christ from start to finish. When we lift our eyes to the all-powerful, all-loving God, we can commit our way to him and receive his assurance that in God’s time we will reap what he has richly prepared for us—a harvest of blessing—as we daily draw fresh strength from his inexhaustible supply to keep on running in his footsteps.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed ere the day is half done, when we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father’s full giving is only begun.
LORD, thank you for teaching me in my weariness or in times when I lose heart that I can do nothing apart from you. You are my life, my strength, my salvation. I give myself to you and ask that the power of your life will restore my joy and renew my vision to keep doing your will and doing good to those around me.