Digesting God’s Word: “Become Weary”

i_give_upContinued from here.

In my last blog entry, we digested what Paul meant by “Let us not…” Today, we will focus on the object of that warning: “become weary.”

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

Paul warns us that we can be tempted to become weary, and we should resist allowing this to happen to us. That means that “becoming weary” is a choice, not an inevitability. We can choose to become weary, or we can choose not to become wary – it’s entirely up to us. Just because we feel weary does not mean we must become weary.

We become something gradually rather than all at once. The verse doesn’t tell us not to be weary; it says not to become weary, which is a process that happens over a period of time, making it not one choice but actually a series of choices that gradually moves us into a place of weariness.

When people ask themselves, “What have I become?,” they look in the mirror and recognize that they are no longer who they used to be. The change has been so gradual that they were unaware it was happening. “Becoming” happens in increments. Today I’m just a little wearier than I was yesterday, and I allow myself to become just a tad wearier tomorrow. It’s a slow process of tiny compromises – one little compromise after another – that doesn’t seem to be much of a compromise until we look up one day and notice that we have become something that we never thought we would be.

Synonyms for weary include exhausted, fatigued, and drained. These are all states of being that don’t happen all at once. We don’t go from energized to weary all at once. We become a little less energetic … and then a little more … and then a little more until we pass a certain point. After that, instead of being “less energetic,” we become “more exhausted” or “more fatigued” or “more drained.” We gradually dig ourselves into a deeper and deeper pit of weariness, but we do it one small shovelful at a time so we don’t notice that it’s happening until we wake up one day and find ourselves in a deep hole of weariness.

So, to avoid becoming weary, we must be mindful that this can happen to us. We must pay attention to the signs that we are losing energy and moving toward exhaustion. We must notice the subtle changes and put a stop to this gradual progression before we reach the point of weariness.

Continued here.

[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace lying on the floor, holding up a sign that says, “I give up.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]

Never Tire of Doing Good

so_tiredToday was a hard day. Without going into detail, in more than one area of my life, God has called me to stand up for other people at a cost to myself and my family. These are situations that I did not have to get involved in. I could have chosen to ignore the pain of others because those situations did not have to “become my problem.” However, I chose to get involved (after prayer) because I felt God calling me to be a voice for people who had no voice themselves.

Here’s the kicker, though … Some of those people do not appear to be grateful for the sacrifices that my family and I have made for them. These are people who are in pain, which I know can “drown out” the bigger picture. As this is something I have struggled with myself, I am hardly in the position to judge. Nevertheless, when my family and I make big sacrifices for people without receiving so much as a “thank you,” it can cause me to question whether I should have bothered. Thankfully, the Bible provides us with the answer to that question:

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

Doing the right thing would be easy if we always reaped an immediate harvest. If every time I did what was right, I received an immediate blessing, it would be very easy for me to keep making right choices. However, sometimes God calls us to do the right thing, but there is no immediate reward. There might not even be a long-term reward in this lifetime. In fact, sometimes instead of a reward, we suffer for doing the right thing. How do we keep going when we seemingly get nothing out of doing the right thing other than suffering, pain, and rejection?

The Bible tells us in James to…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-4

When you are growing weary of doing good, don’t give up! Remember that your delayed blessing is building perseverance, growing you toward maturity and completeness so you will lack nothing. God says a harvest is coming. Believe Him, even when you do not see it.

[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace looking exhausted under the words, “So tired.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]