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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nothing Worthwhile Is Ever Easy

In review of Galatians 6:9 it says, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”

Bottom Line:
Don’t get tired of helping others. If you don’t give up, you will be rewarded when the time is right.

What this means to me:
I am encouraged to not become tired of doing good. For if I don’t give up, then at just the right time I will reap a harvest of blessing.

Today's passage comes from Galatians chapter 6 where Paul explains that we harvest what we plant. In doing so, we are to gently and humbly help a person who is stumbling, while being careful to not fall into the same temptation ourselves. We should be sharing each other's burdens. We are to never think we are too important to help someone else, as we would only be fooling ourselves, because none of us is that important. We are to pay careful attention to our own work, for then we will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and won't need to compare ourselves with anyone else. Each of us is responsible for our own conduct. We shouldn't be misled, we cannot mock the justice of God. We will always harvest what we have planted. Those who live to only satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from it. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let's not get tired of doing what is good. For at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone as nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

I suppose there are many things that work to keep me from completing my life mission. I’m not sure whether the worst enemy is procrastination or discouragement. I’m thinking that if the enemy can’t get me to put off my life mission, then he’ll try to get me to quit altogether.

The apostle Paul taught that we need to resist discouragement: “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 NLT).

I have to admit that sometimes I do get tired of doing what’s right. Sometimes it seems easier to do the wrong thing than the right thing.

However, when I get discouraged, I become ineffective. When I get discouraged, I work against my own faith.

When I get discouraged, I’m saying, “It can’t be done.” That’s the exact opposite of saying, “I know God can do it because he said …”

So I should consider how do I handle failure. When things don’t go my way, do I get grumpy, frustrated, or do I start complaining? Do I finish what I start? How would I rate on persistence?

If I feel myself getting discouraged, I should not give up without a fight. As nothing worthwhile ever happens without endurance and energy.

For instance, when an artist creates a sculpture, he has to keep chipping away. He doesn’t hit the chisel with the hammer once, and suddenly all the excess stone falls away revealing a beautiful masterpiece. He keeps hitting it and hitting it, chipping away at the stone.

What I’m learning is that’s true of life.. Nothing really worthwhile ever comes easy in life. You keep hitting it and going after it, and little by little my life becomes a masterpiece of God’s grace.

Great people are really just like me (ordinary) but that they have an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people don’t know how to quit.

Today I will consider what my attitude toward tough situations reveals about my faith?