And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
I am completely unmotivated to write today. With two days left in this writing challenge, all I want to do is lie down on the couch wrapped in a warm blanket, sipping on a cup of rooibos tea. I don’t feel like writing one more word. Nor do I feel like there are 31 possible posts on this topic. Right now, my emotions tell me that this challenge should have ended yesterday. Or that I should consider yesterday to be my final day in spite of the actual finish date.
Yet I will press on…
And my reason is to push past this temporary discouragement, past the tiredness and past the drain of this moment is that it is worth it. I am telling myself that I can continue and it is worth pressing forth, in spite of how it feels to do so right now.
I am so close. A day closer than yesterday and 30 days closer to the finish line than when I began writing this series.
Feeling tired and discouraged enough to throw in the towel is not something I have only felt with this self-imposed writing assignment. Perhaps you are familiar with that nagging feeling too…when you come so close to the finish line that you can smell the victory yet your strength is not enough to carry you to it. The doubts grow and as they do, the task seems more and more daunting.
It’s due to exertion. Mental, physical or spiritual exertion can get in the way of our commitments quite easily.
And in spite of what we know logically, it can cloud our judgments and cause us to make abrupt decisions that we later regret.
There is hope in the midst of our exhaustion. We just have to find it. And, there is no better place to turn than to God’s Word, and fully rely on God Himself.
In Galatians 6:9, Paul encouraged the church at Galatia with these words:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Perseverance in a writing challenge is a small fit compared to the call we have to persevere in our faith. There are days when we won’t necessarily feel up to it. Days we won’t feel like dying to self. Days we won’t feel like enduring under trials. Days we won’t feel like esteeming others above ourselves. Days we won’t feel like doing good. And as we labor in one capacity or another to see others saved, we may experience these more and more. But it is absolutely vital that we persevere until the very end.
There is a message in the way we live. Our message is that we embody Christ crucified. And Christ endured until the very end for our sake. He saw the mission to completion to redeem you and I from ourselves and from our fate. He never gave up.
James wrote the following to the believing church:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12.
The prize is great. Because the prize is so great, the tests and trials will be great as well. The enemy of the faith is counting on you and me to throw in the towel.
Yet, because of the great hope we have in the promise, we can withstand the trials. We can stand firm and press on with the aid of the Spirit of God.
It is not too hard to press on when God walks with you and equips you. Rely on Him, for in Him you will find the strength to go through days when you don’t feel like pressing on, and wake up to new mornings.