Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain,
The more you love, the more you'll find
Often we stand at life's crossroads
Oh, make us more aware, dear God,
God never sends the winter
Congrats Sara ... please email me at krisb33 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com with your choice of digi paper and I'll get that right out to you! Thanks again to all who came by this past week.
Have a blessed week all!
I went on vacation last month to the Oregon Coast with anticipation and excitement as the memories flooded my mind from our perfect vacation last summer at the same spot. I thoroughly enjoyed finding shells with my girls, the roar of the ocean, the beautiful sunsets… despite the fact that it looked nothing like it did last year. Winter tides had come up and destroyed parts of the bank and there were fallen trees and limbs scattered about. The once easy pathway onto the beach was now a very steep drop off with just some unsturdy logs put in place to step onto. I didn’t care about all that the first couple of days. I was basking in the beauty of nature and spending quality time with my family. But by the end of the week, the sunset wasn’t quite as awe-inspiring... the seaweed scattered sand became annoying... and the overcast skies definitely snuffed out the joy I felt a few days prior... I was ready to go home.
People certainly have a great propensity to tire of good things. Kids get tired of their Christmas toys, millionaires get tired of money, and Christians get tired of doing good things (teaching the women’s Bible study, leading that Sunday School class, working with the food bag ministry, directing the choir or worship team, etc.). We grow tired of all the work and wonder if it’s worth it... or we simply lose heart for those things that we once started with gusto!
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” This verse certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t stopdoing one thing and do another. I think it’s referring to living a godly life in general. .. loving people and doing those things that will grow the kingdom of God and reap a Spiritual reward. In the Gospels Jesus Christ Himself spoke to a crowd of His followers saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
There are many verses in Scripture about being weary, burdens and casting our cares on Him. And in them Jesus promises to carry our burdens (Psalm 68:19), strengthen our hearts (Psalm 31:24), provide safety (Psalms 4:8), sustenance (Psalm 55:22), peace (John 14:27) rest, comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) etc. We all get weary of the things we fill our days with and circumstances that come into our lives, but let us not become weary of living the "right" life.
I was flipping through a Christian catalog the other day when I came across a beautifully framed poem and so I Googled it and found that this poem was written on the walls of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta...
“Do It Anyway”
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
I don’t know if Mother Teresa ever tired of doing good, but I know that everything she did, she did with great love.
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” ― Mother Teresa
“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.“ Gal. 6:9-10
Thanks for stopping and hopping!! Here's the order once again...