Monday, August 27, 2018
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” (NLT).
Today’s verse comes from Galatians 6:1-10, where Paul reminds me that I will harvest what I plant. Paul tells me to share each other's burdens. If I think I'm too important to help someone, I'm only fooling myself. I'm not that important. I’m to pay careful attention to my own work, for then I will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and I won't need to compare myself to anyone else. For I'm responsible for my own conduct. I will always harvest what I plant. Given this, I should never get tired of doing what is good. For at just the right time I will reap a harvest of blessing if I don’t give up. Therefore, whenever I have the opportunity, I should do good to everyone.
It's discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see no tangible results. Paul challenged the Galatians and myself, to keep on doing good, and to trust God for the results. In due time, I will reap a harvest of blessing.
Procrastination or discouragement are a few of the things that keep me from completing what God created me for. 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 teaches 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).
When I’m discouraged, I become ineffective. When I’m discouraged, I work against my own faith.
When I’m discouraged, I’m saying, “It can’t be done.” That’s the exact opposite of saying, “I know God can do it because of what he said.”
I need to consider thinking through these questions:
· How do I handle failure?
· When things don’t go my way, do I get grumpy?
· When things don’t go my way, do I get frustrated?
· When things don’t go my way, do I start complaining?
· Do I finish what I start?
· How would I rate on persistence?
If I’m feeling discouraged, don’t give up without a fight. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without endurance and energy.
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.
And that’s true of life, too. Nothing really worthwhile ever comes easy in life. You keep hitting it and going after it, and little by little your life becomes a masterpiece of God’s grace.
Great people are really just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people don’t know how to quit.
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 should never get discouraged or give up doing what is good, what right and what is helpful for others. For just at the right time God will reward and bless me.
In summary, I should never think I'm too important to help someone else. I should focus on my own work and get the satisfaction of a job well done. I am responsible for my own conduct. I will always harvest what I plant. Therefore I should never get tired of doing what is good. For at just the right time I will reap a harvest of blessings as long as I don't give up. While it may be discouraging at time to do what is right and good with no recognition, I should keep on doing good and trust God for the results. In his due time, I will reap a harvest of blessing. Procrastination or discouragement are some thing that will keep me from completing what God created me for. When I feel discouraged, don't give up without a fight. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without endurance and energy. A great person is just an ordinary one with an extraordinary amount of determination.
In retrospect, I have had some tough times in my current role at work. I have allowed the tyranny of the urgent to zap my time and efforts. As I talked with someone else about my skill sets recently I realized that I had not really put into place the things I know I want and need to do. I know that this had discouraged me enough to consider whether I should keep on. I believe the thing I can do to encourage myself is to put together a 90 day plan to implement what I know wanted and need to do. Then evaluate each work day to make sure I’m setting aside and putting in place to work on the important items and only allowing the urgent smaller ones to take a smaller block of time.
This morning Father I pray for your guidance and wisdom to do this. Help me to respond rightly to others around me and to encourage those who work with me. This I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!
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