Devotional - Don't Give Up!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
After school, a little girl walked into the kitchen and asked her mom, ‘Can I have a cookie?” Her mom responded, “No. There are no snacks before dinner.” Hanging her head, the daughter left.
The next day, the little girl walked into the kitchen after school and asked her mom, “Can I have a cookie?” Again, her mom said no, reminding the daughter that there should be no snacks before dinner. Besides that, said the mom, “I don’t even have any cookies.” The daughter left.
The next day, the little girl walked into the kitchen after school and again asked, “Can I have a cookie?” Amazed and even a bit annoyed by the girl’s persistence, the mother responded, “You could not have a cookie two days ago; you could not have a cookie yesterday; you cannot have a cookie today; and, after all of this persistence, you will most assuredly not be having cookies after school any time in the near future. In fact, if you ask me again, I might spank you on the bottom with a wooden spoon.” The daughter left.
The next day, the little girl walked into the kitchen after school and asked her mom, “Do you have any wooden spoons?” Curious, her mom said, “No.” The girl then asked, “Well, then can I have a cookie?”
Persistence. It comes naturally to some people, right? They latch on to an idea or an aspiration like a dog on a soup bone and won’t let go. They drive, drive, and drive until they get their way. Do you know anyone like that? Do you? Do you? Come on, do you?
I admire people like that. All too often, I’m not one of them. It’s easy to lose heart, to grow weary. It’s tempting to give up, even in those things to which we know God’s called us. Can you relate?
Today, when it comes to the things of God, you’ll probably be tempted to lose heart and give up - maybe at home or at work or at school or some other place. Maybe you’ll be tempted to stop praying for someone who never seems to change. Maybe you’ll be tempted to stop speaking out against an injustice that seems too great to overcome. Maybe you’ll be tempted to quit humbling yourself and seeking the good of others in your relationships. Maybe you’ll be tempted to abandon the ambition your Father placed in your mind and heart.
However, like a farmer who plants crops in the springtime but doesn’t see the reward until late summer or even fall, sowing seeds of goodness doesn't always bring immediate reward. It requires endurance.
Child of God: Don’t give up. If God’s called you to it, he’ll see you through it. Don’t give up.