So 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)
It is discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see no tangible results. But Paul challenged the Galatians, and he challenges us to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. In due time, we will reap a harvest of blessing.(Tyndall study Bible)
I used to be a competitive triathlete (many years ago I must say). I learned a couple of lessons during this time.
Firstly, the training was hard. 4 hours a day in the week and then 7 hours a day on weekends. Taking all this into account, and then add the race day. Racing is very hard, have you ever run 10km in 32 minutes after a 1500 meter swim and 40km cycle? It hurts, and it would have been so easy to give up and then coast home. It is at this point while racing that you should never give up. Mentally and physically you have to be very strong and very determined to succeed and win. You prepare so well; it will go to waste if you give up during the final hurdle.
Secondly, the training takes you through winter, and there are no thanks at all. No encouragement from peers, because they are all snug at home or sleeping during those early morning sessions. The lesson is to keep at it because the reward will follow hard work. You will have your moment in the limelight.
The day you stop trying whatever you are doing is the day you fail.
In this race of life daily we have to do things at work and home that are tedious and hard work. We have to do them. Can you ever be over prepared? And what’s critical is never to give up in that final straight. Persist because the rewards will be great.
Like doing good – we are humans and want recognition, but that is worldly. God sees everything you do, and reward will follow in his time, not yours or mine. It is so humbling to do good and it good for your inner peace.
“Lord, I pray for opportunities to do good. I thank You for that, God. In Jesus name. Amen.”