Celebration of Hope: Day 14

Let Us Not Become Weary


Read Galatians 6:9–10
 
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.
 
Reflect
 
We all find ourselves in seasons of exhaustion, whether it’s because we’re raising young children, just starting our careers, struggling with illness, supporting aging parents, dealing with a significant financial setback or problem, suffering through a family crisis, or facing a major life transition. In these seasons, it is so hard to do good. We often turn inward, need all our strength for the battle we’re fighting, or simply don’t have the emotional awareness of others’ needs. And yet, when we are able to do good and help others as we’re in the midst of even the most difficult challenges, we can experience joy and hope.    

 

  • In what area of your life are you feeling tired or a desire to withdraw and turn inward? Who could you bring into whatever you’re experiencing so that you don’t lose perspective?
     
  • What good could you do today or this week to shift your focus away from yourself and toward encouraging or building up someone else? Ask God to give you the desire and the ability to stay strong and continue to do good.
     
  • As you get dressed today, say a prayer for those in the world who have a need that they are unable to meet. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where poverty is prevalent and pray specifically for the children in that place. 

Respond
 
Father, I can be so self-focused. Forgive me. Help me. Expand my ability, especially in the areas in which I feel exhausted and spent, to love others well. Fill me with Your goodness and allow me to surrender to Your work in me so that I can endure and persevere in doing good. Show me how I can extend goodness to someone I encounter today. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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