Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV
The theme in my mind today is to not be discouraged. I guess I have watched so many well meaning Christians get into ministry opportunities and then quickly get “burned out”. I don’t have a magic cure for the “overwhelming blues”, but I know that they are common. I get them. I may get dozens of emails one day, asking for advice or giving compliments (not that I write these for this reason), and then I’ll go several days without hearing from anyone...unless it’s a complaint. The same thing happens with my Sunday school teaching and my radio show. Sometimes I just get to feeling “What’s the use? Does anyone care?"
Now, please don’t write me trying to “cheer me up”. I don’t want “begged for” compliments. I’m trying to illustrate a point. I do know the feeling of burn-out. I do know the feeling of working without the signs of any tangible rewards. And the feeling of discouragement is a normal human reaction.
What I think I want to accomplish, more than anything else, is to remind you of Who you are serving! I want you to keep your eyes focused, so that even when you don’t feel appreciated, or you start to get overwhelmed, you can continue on the path which God has for you!
I want you to keep doing the good things you have been doing, and perhaps do even more. Why? Because I believe, now more than ever before, that Jesus is going to return soon. When He does He has promised victory for His own. He has promised to reward us for our faithfulness. He is waiting to deliver those oh so needed words, “well done, my good and faithful servant”.
I want to hear those words, and I want you to hear them too! Keep serving the One who's worthy to be continually served! It won’t be long now...and it will be worth it!
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