“Oh, these hands are tired”
How often do we say that? How often do we find ourselves becoming weary in what we are doing? Sometimes we let it get to the point where we just want to give up and start something new. Whether we are waiting on something to happen (i.e. a promotion at a job, someone you love to get saved, or even just any good thing to come your way), or if we are just getting tired with what we are called to do by God, it can be anything. Eventually sometime in our lives this is going to happen.
When I was first hired into the place I am working at now, a Pet Store, I loved it. I loved my coworkers, my customers, and the job responsibility (taking care of customers and pet care). For the first year, I learned as much as I could and became a better worker through it. Through my second year I had learned even more, to the point where if the position as available, I would be eligible for a promotion. I worked even harder because if the position was ever open, I wanted to make sure that I would get it. Well, there was one problem, if the position was open, I wouldn’t get it because I was leaving in a few months for college and it would have been pointless. Within the next month or so, the position became open. I wanted it, but knew I couldn’t have it.
Because I knew that this position wasn’t something I could do, work wasn’t what it used to be. I had no end goal, nothing to strive to, nothing to motivate me to do my very best. While I still loved my job, I became weary in working. I was waiting on a good thing to happen, but when I found out what I wanted to happen (a promotion) couldn’t happen, I let myself drift into a wear work coma where I came, did my stuff, and left. It wasn’t anything like I had ever done before.
As time passed, I began to realize that even though I didn’t get the promotion that I desired, God would still use my two years of working at this Pet Store to benefit me. I had gotten several raises, as well as respect from my managers and other coworkers. I learned that I needed to lift my head back up and keep pressing on until it is time for me to leave for college. I wanted to quit, I wanted to give up and find another job, but I knew it wasn’t reasonable with college right around the corner. Work was no fun for me, but I knew that this is where God had led me and that I needed to stay there until it was time for me to leave for college.
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.- Galatians 6:9-10 (MSG)
The verse above tells us to not grow weary in doing good, but “AT THE RIGHT TIME”, we will harvest a good crop. We cannot grow tired in doing good or in doing what God has called us to do. In due time, at the right time, God will reveal to us wonderful and abundant blessings, we only need to keep pressing on and doing good. We need to “work for the benefit of all”. Whether we are waiting on a promotion, or just for something good to happen, it doesn’t matter. We need to work to benefit everyone, not just so we can get a promotion.
You see, when I realized that it was more than likely impossible to move into a new position at work, I let myself down. I became tired of doing all the good and hard work at work because I couldn’t see the ending goal and benefit. But, what I didn’t realize is that I needed to keep pressing on and working hard to help benefit others, and not just myself. That there my friends, is complete and utter selfishness.
Use this verse to spur you on. If things are seeming a bit tight and in the dark, keep pressing forward because soon you will reap what you sow and when you sow good things, you will reap a good crop. Don’t let yourself fall into the pit of weariness like I did, continue to do good for all and soon God will bless you.