Even When It’s Hard

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I read Galatians 6:9 the other day which says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

As the second oldest of four kids, it often seemed to be the expectation for me to be “the mature one” when there was an argument.  It was often hard for me to make what seemed like the majority of sacrifices.  To not say something mean back even when they hurt me first.  My young mind saw it as unfair to be the one who usually did what was right.  There were times when I decided it was my sibling’s turn to make the right choice.  I became weary of doing good and I gave up.  I still struggle with this sometimes.  It feels like there are some people in my life who never make the right choice and I sometimes have trouble reacting right when I feel they “deserve” whatever I’m inclined to dish out.

John Piper says that we’re all apt to do this: “Probably the worst enemy of enthusiasm is time. Human beings have a remarkable and sad capacity for getting tired of wonderful things. Almost every one of you can think of something you were enthusiastic about recently, but now the joy is faded. Your first day of vacation on the coast the sunset was breathtaking and made you so happy you could sing. But by the end of your stay you hardly noticed it any more. Vacationers get tired of sunsets, millionaires get tired of money, kids gets tired of toys, and Christians get tired of doing good. At first the excitement of teaching that Sunday School class was strong, but now you have grown weary of well-doing. The thrill is gone. At first you felt clean and strong in the Holy Spirit as you drove the van, taught the Lao English, led the small group, visited the newcomers, started reading the Bible, worked in the emergency shelter . . . but now you have grown weary in well-doing. The inner power and joy have seeped away. It’s a chore. You’ve lost heart.”

Just because it’s the right thing, doesn’t mean it will be the easiest choice.  But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean we should give up.

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