Galatians 6:9, 10 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Have you ever felt like you continue to sow seeds of kindness and yet, the “harvest” seems to be yielding something completely different than what you planted? It can get downright discouraging and frustrating!
My husband and I began a non-profit organization 8 years ago and poured our heart, life, finances, and time into it. I know that many people benefited and reaped the rewards of what we planted during our time of ministry. Not to be selfish, but what about us?
For the past 4 years, our lives have been one big heartache after another. We have endured imprisonment, addiction, heartache, loss of finances, IRS issues and more. Sometimes, you begin to wonder if the good you are trying to plant in other people’s lives is even worth it.
Jesus knew we would feel that way at times. He inspired the Apostle Paul to write the verses above to encourage his fellow believers to hang in there during those times. My list of hardships above is nothing like Paul’s list of hardships found in II Corinthians 11. It’s someone like that that I can really listen to when they encourage me to hang in there and keep doing good.
I am not a marathon runner, but I can imagine what it would feel like if someone trained for months to compete in that kind of race, only to fall short of the finish line by a mile. They found themselves too exhausted to finish the race.
I don’t know where the finish line is exactly, but I don’t want to fall short by only 1 or 2 kind deeds. At the proper time, I will reap a harvest that matches the seeds I have been sowing. Right now, there are so many opportunities to be doing good to those around us.
Keep Doing Good!