Do you ever feel like all your hard work is in vain?
You clean your house, but it’s dirty again the next day.
You strive to teach your children something, but it seems like they never learn.
You want to change a bad habit but fall back into the same trap.
You resolve to be more patient, but once again you find your nerves on edge and your voice rising.
Here in the Mslm World we share our faith and sow seed in hard ground, but few respond.
A few weeks ago I woke up on a Sunday exhausted and unready for the day. I stared at my bible, unable to understand the passage, even after reading it a few times. Monday morning I felt the same: too tired to even pray. More than physical tiredness, I felt spiritually weary: tired of caring for my family’s needs, tired of praying and seeing slow results in our ministry.
“God, I’m tired,” was all I could pray.
God answered me that same day:
We were reading scripture with our kids before bed, and Galatians 3:9 jumped off the page at me. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” I felt God’s Spirit stirring my heart and whispering encouragement to me. Three days later at a prayer meeting, one of our co-workers shared the very same verse. I was sure it was God speaking.
I heard two things:
- An encouraging command: “Let us not become weary in doing good.”
- And a promise: “We will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Do you ever feel discouraged and burdened by what seems like a lot of work for few results? Don’t forget the simple principle of sowing and harvesting: if you don’t give up, you’ll reap a reward. If you keep on going, sooner or later your kids will grow and respond to you. Your relationship with your spouse will change. If you keep on going, sooner or later you’ll achieve the goal that seems far off.
So how do you keep on going when the road seems long?
Keep your eyes on the Lord. “Moses persevered because he saw the one who is invisible.”
Resist the urge to carry the burden yourself. His burden is easy and His load is light.
Give thanks in all things. It’s the truest path to joy.
Return to the simple truths: You are God’s beloved child. You are forgiven.
Remain in the vine and trust Him for fruit.
Put first things first and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Smile and laugh more.
Have some fun.
If you’re tired, cancel your activities for a week and hide out.
Get enough sleep. (It’s amazing how sleep can change your perspective!)
Don’t lose hope.
If you are feeling discouraged and weary, may God give you grace to keep on going one day at a time!
Comments? How do you keep on going?