Keep on Keepin’ On

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." – Galatians 6:9

I read a story recently about a teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on. He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn’t want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet." She looked and, sure enough, they were.
It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on-this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren’t my boots."
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn’t you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off. He then said, "They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear them."
She didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again. She said, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots…"

That story reminded me of the passage above.

Do you ever get tired of doing good? At times it seems those who cut corners, do evil, cheat and scheme and cut others’ throat get ahead and seem to suffer no consequence for their actions.

God knew we would face that form of discouragement. We know that because He inspired the Apostle Paul to write these words of encouragement found in the book of Galatians.

So we should continue to strive for good and justice – and when we begin to lose heart, we can draw strength from these words and the fact the One who really cares for us and about us is watching us and sends these words encouraging us to “keep on keepin’ on.”

My prayer for you this week is that you will draw new strength in your efforts to do good – not only will you not grow weary, but you will be given new confidence and courage in your endeavors.

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