So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
A while ago, I read this verse as part of a devotion from 52 Devotions for Dog Moms. I thought it was going to be about perseverance, but it was actually about patience. At the time, I created a graphic based on patience, which you can see here.
Today, though, I want to talk about not giving up. We've been through a rough year and we are all weary. On top of the pandemic, we've had other sorrows, challenges, and roadblocks in our lives: people close to us who are no longer with us, job loss, fights with spouses, our own health issues, and on and on. There is only so much a soul can take before we start feeling discouraged.
This is probably especially true for my fellow church communicators. When the pandemic caused churches to close, it was more important than ever to create communication channels with our congregations. New responsibilities involving skills we didn't possess were thrown at us and we somehow managed to learn those skills while doing our regular job. The hours we spent on our jobs doubled. We fielded complaints from every direction - family members complained that we were always working, bosses complained that we weren't working fast enough, church members complained that the technology was too much for them.
Some of us threw up our hands in resignation and said it was too much and walked away. I pray that they continue to use their talents in service to God, whatever that might look like. Others, like myself, said that something had to give. For me, it was how we produced the online service. And still others, bless their hearts, are still treading water, barely keeping afloat.
To all of us who are weary of our challenges, I say, keep at it. Don't give up. The blessings we - and the Kingdom - will receive in due time will be worth the struggle.