It is hard in our everyday life to get discouraged from the daily grind. It’s even harder when we are trying to reach the lost or those troubled. Don’t be discouraged. This post is a little different than what I normally post, but I felt lead to write it.
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.–Ecclesiastes 11:1
I make a lot of references to weightlifting in this blog. I think a prime example of not being discouraged is weightlifting. When you first start out you feel excited or at least hopeful of a good outcome. The first few times you feel sore, you can see some results. After a little bit of time, you don’t get sore anymore. You don’t see the results as much. You start to struggle wanting to continue. The thought that this is a waste of time crosses your mind, but you push it out of your thoughts. More and more it pops into your thoughts that this really is a waste of time. It is not until that one day you need to challenge your body that you realize all that work paid off. But what happens when this is life, and you don’t see that reward?
To all the church helpers out there or the ones that are helping those in need or troubled, I say, don’t be discouraged, what you do goes a long ways. You might not see it today, tomorrow, a week from now, or a year from now. You may not ever see it, but what you do is important and needed.
There have been many people in my life that have changed who I am for the better. They’ve been that person I needed right then. Many of these people passed through my life for a short period of time and I’ll probably never see them again, but they played a huge impact on my life.
For those that are witnessing to loved ones or others and it has been for some time now and you don’t see any progress. Keep going! It may be that it is the seed that you planted that will sprout years from now when you’re no longer around.
For the ones that mentor kids and sometimes wonder if they are making a difference in their lives. Keep going! Keep doing what is right. For the ones that are in stressful situations at work or home and feel like they can’t go any longer. They feel like doing what is right just doesn’t matter. Keep going!
Matthew 10:42 says, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
I think there are many times in this life that we will be rewarded maybe here on earth or maybe in heaven for things we thought were failures and didn’t matter. For times we thought we had wasted our time. When really those people that thought they had no impact had a huge impact. To those that give their time to help in the ministry, to help kids, especially those troubled or in bad situations. Keep going! Your impact is greater than you think!