“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
This summer our family took on a project that we had never done before, something we literally had NO experience with, we planted a garden. In full disclosure prior to this garden keeping a single plant alive was an achievement in our household. I was once given an aloe plant that I was assured took NO maintenance as long as it got water once and awhile. Yet a short time later all I had left was the pot. So this endeavor into gardening was a new experience.
Now I will be perfectly honest Brittany was the brains behind the operation, she researched the best plants to put together when things would need to be planted, how to best fertilize the soil to yield the best results, she did all the leg work. It was fun planting it and weeding it and watering it and watching it grow with the kids this summer. Then the most amazing thing started to happen, we actually had vegetables growing!
We have been up to our ears in tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cucumbers, all of it coming from those little seeds that were planted months ago. Of course, there was work that had to be done between the planting and the harvest, but seeing the results truly makes it worth it.
Our experience this summer tied in well with the verse from Galatians 6:9. There were some hot summer days when weeding or watering that garden didn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. At that point, we had no idea if the garden would even yield anything for us to harvest. That is how it often is in planting the seeds of faith in others. It can be hard work, work that we don’t necessarily see immediate results from. But the work is necessary, it is ongoing, we are called to continue to carry the Good News to people of all nations, including those right here in our own community.
My prayer for us is that we do not lose heart in doing good, yes it is hard work, we can grow weary and tired, and we have no idea if we will ever see the results of that work. But Scripture does tell us that we will reap if we do not grow weary. As we enter the fall season and have activities going on around the church I hope you will join me in doing the necessary work to nurture, water and feed those seeds of faith that will be planted.
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