I am writing this on a Saturday and even though it may not post on that day of the week, I am supposed to be glad it is the weekend. It has been a long week, actually a long month with three new client companies, a trip to Philadelphia just behind and a trip to Dallas for the discovery phase of a mega deal coming up this next week. While those things should tire me out, it really wasn’t the traveling that took its toll – it was some of the employees within these new organizations. One company has a young man who is bi-polar and adversarial about everything presented along with the other normal employee issues. The other company boasts a lady who simply refused to work with a peer because she “hated her” and that I was going to have to make special arrangements for this. At the end of a normal week with these new additions, it seems less than encouraging. However, today is Saturday and it as busy as a normal workday with grandkids and an uncle whom I love dearly. Yet I am still tired and really didn’t want to get out of bed even though this is family who needs my attention, not clients.
Fortunately, God reminded me of this when I got into the car: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 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. (Galatians 6:7 – 10) It was a great reminder that I am probably weary because I am almost 70. Doing good is my responsibility – to both my clients and family. Doing my best is my responsibility to God. And, to do so with perseverance and “not give up” is my responsibility to The Kingdom. It’s OK to be tired, it’s not OK to not do what has been placed before you to do by our Creator. It’s even more important to just keep our mouths shut and not complain because of His great, all surpassing love that has showered us with food, clothing and shelter as He promised to all who believe.
But let’s take these concepts one step further. We all have a tendency to want praise for our efforts. As believers, we all like being told that we have been sacrificial, loving and kind. However, the more of that you receive, especially if you have elicited it, the less the reward you have waiting. Read Matthew 6:1 – 8 that leads up to The Lord’s Prayer. In those verses are contained (as I have mentioned before) the secret to Christianity and its true rewards. Not only should we not become weary of doing good, we should keep that good to ourselves and NOT elicit praise so that God can reward us, not mankind. Some of the things we do are public and there is nothing we can do to hide them, but never forget the small things which will probably (before God) be the best investment you make in other people. See what you can do, get-away-with and not get caught!
My son Micah says I have a “Northern Motor” that never seems to quit. It’s not my motor, the same as, they are not my words that come out of my mouth a good portion of the time. It is the motor and words of the Spirit that I requested which inhabit my mortal body. It is the Spirit of Knowledge and Wisdom that comes from God, not your dad – as much as my ego would like to take credit at times.
Kids love everyone you meet. It’s ok to be tired, but don’t grow weary of doing good. And, see what you and God’s Spirit can plan that will provide eternal praise rather than man’s praise. I want you to know that yes, my body is tired, but I am not weary. Nor will my love for you EVER grow dim. It is simply impossible to extinguish the fire of God’s love that rests in our hearts.