Tired of doing good
The grass is tall and you need to mow it. Somehow part of you don’t want to do it. It’s summer and it’s hot. You will be sweaty and smelly. Oh well, you cut the grass anyway. At the end, you look at your lawn and the house. Wow, it’s beautiful – what an exhilarating feeling? You accomplished something, and all of sudden your tiredness was gone.
Our life in the Christian community is different. We put in the work, time, and effort for people to believe and change. But it seems like there are no fruits of our labor. God’s time is different from our human time. Transformation does not happen overnight. God taught us, “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Mother Teresa who was small in stature but big in humility did not give up, and left us with these words of wisdom:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
So, let us keep doing what we are doing while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.