Theme of the Week: Setting Family Rhythms
Bible Verse: “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
Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:1-10
Airports often have a display of things prohibited from being taken onto planes. The joke goes that the reason those things are in there is because someone tried to bring them on. And when you look at some of the items in the case, it’s a pretty funny joke. Everything from the mundane (small Swiss Army pocketknife) to the headscratcher (chainsaw . . . really). The sign is there for a reason.
Some Scripture passages are like that too. We can read them and wonder why they are there or worded the way they are. Galatians 6:9 is one of those for me. The idea of getting weary of doing good seems odd. Why would anyone get tired of doing good. But the reality is that Paul wrote it because it was a possibility. For one reason or another, we can get tired and quit.
Too much work and not enough rest (see yesterday’s devotional). Maybe burnout because there is no end to the good things that need to be done. Maybe we feel like it is a thankless job and honestly, perhaps selfishly, we don’t want to do good for everyone else anymore. It’s not worth it.
Whatever the reason Paul wrote it and whatever the reason we may be tempted to quit, the encouragement is clear. Keep on keepin on. The Bible is full of encouragement to persevere. To stay the course. To endure.
Don’t lose heart. Each morning is a new day, a new opportunity. Yesterday does not dictate today, and tomorrow is unstoppable. Live today without giving up. Look to God for the strength and ask for his faithfulness to fill you.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes it is more than tempting to give up on doing good. Fill me with your strength and remind me that the reward is worth the work. Thank you for running before me and showing me the way.
Reflection: What circumstances trigger you to want to quit? How can you handle them differently. Who could you open up to about your temptations?
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