“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)
Do you ever become weary of doing good? Last week I cleaned for company who then decided at the last minute to not come (but then came the next day). I made 36 pretzel/cracker/peanut butter “spiders” for a Halloween party my son was invited to. I worked on my 5 hours of homework for my Bible study and then worked on the Rest Ministries Bible studies I am writing. I tried to spend time to give myself to God, my husband, my son, my sister, my ministry.
And I was weary! Exhausted! So, so tired. The irony is I am in the middle of working with a life coach to become more “balanced.” But how does one be a good wife, mom, teacher helper, sister, daughter, and ministry leader at the same time? And how on earth do we do it while living with a chronic illness.
Had I it do over I would have bought store bought cookies and skipped the home-made spiders. My son made about 3; I made 33. I cannot really think of what else could have been cut. I didn’t go to my Bible due to a horrible headache and only hours of sleep. I skipped the 8 AM Halloween parade at of costumes at the school, even though my son was a bit disappointed. I tried to be reasonable, but there was just too much to do.
At times like this I cling to this verse: “. . . for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Sometimes we overdue unnecessarily and we have to take a second look at our schedule and our limitations. Other times, we simply must get through it and know that God knows. God knows our reasons behind our weariness. Our body is flaring, but we are trying to make special days special for those we love.
The harvest may come as a better marriage, our child’s memories, or even just hope for better days. But don’t give up. Don’t let weariness stop you from living. Don’t give up. God knows.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and lives with daily pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.