January 30, 2013

Too Weary Not To Love

" As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good."
2 Thessalonians 3:13 

Never get tired of doing good.  I love God's heart.  I love how He always encourages His children to be better than what they are.  I love how God teaches that it is better to love than to hate.  And I love how He tells us to keep on being kind to others.  

" Never stop!  Keep going!"  That's what I hear Him say in this verse.  He is our personal cheering squad.  He is our brave and daring leader.  He also never tires for any reason.

But I do.  

Some days are just not very good days.  You know what I mean.  Some days just sap the life out of you.  Those are the days when you didn't get enough sleep because you just kept turning but your mind never slowed down.  

Some days I'm physically exhausted.  Those are days when I feel ill or didn't get enough sunlight.

Some days are emotionally wearisome.  I'm sure many of you know these days too.  The days when someone at work or home or even church said something to you that hurt.  Maybe they were right to say it or maybe they were wrong.  But either way it really hurt and you shut down emotionally.

Then there are the days when I am spiritually tired.  Too many difficult days in a row or perhaps emerging from the trenches of spiritual warfare.  Those are the days when I need rest, encouragement, and support.

Yeah.  I tire of doing good.  We all do.

So then why does God tell us to never get tired of doing good when He knows that we will?

Personally I believe He tells us this so that we can recognize that we don't always have the strength or will in ourselves.  He wants us to turn to Him for what we need and not just what we want.

People around us need our love and support.  And as we get older the number of people who need our help will grow.  The demands put on us will be greater.  And if we aren't careful we could very easily burn out.  

Maybe you think that right now in life there aren't too many people, if any, who need your help and support.  But what about your family?  Relatives?  Friends? Co-workers? Neighbors?  

Maybe its time to write and send that card you've been meaning to send to a friend or relative.  Maybe you could make or buy some cookies or cake and drop it off at the neighbor's door just because.  Maybe you could do the dishes for a few nights or the laundry or take out the trash.

Maybe the best thing you could do is just pick up the phone and talk to a lonely person... or better yet let them talk to you and just be a listening ear.  I bet there are people in our lives right now who could benefit from our help.  And what better way to show your love then to do good things simply because you want to!

I'm leaning on 2 Thessalonians 3:13 this week.  Several good friends of mine are in serious need.  Death of loved ones, job losses, tense family relations, major health issues etc.  I'm praying for them but I want to "do" something too.  Perhaps I'll make meals and drop them off.  Perhaps I'll take them out to lunch or for coffee and just be a shoulder they can lean on.  Meanwhile the dishes and laundry keep piling up at home while demands at work get tougher.

Its just one of those weeks that make me sigh with weariness and think too much when I should be sleeping.  But God has a purpose in weeks like this.  When I'm too tired to love and help I turn to Him and suddenly I have a second wind!  He helps me ride the waves.  He brings relief.

May each of you find meaningful ways to show your love and may God be your rock when you feel you might falter.  Blessings to you.


joy said...

I can relate to much to you. Right now, I am just resting because og sicknesd, but I know that God will rise me up agsin to put smile in one'sface. Bless you dear:)

Delvalina said...

This is wonderful :)
I love that you have been meditating with God's scriptures. You are such a blessing!

Thank you for remind me here.


Denise said...

Wonderful post.

Piano Bookworm said...

very inspiring. just wonderful.

Lacey said...

wonderful reminder :)

Anonymous said...

I know too well what it is like with the mind pondering imponderables and trying to solve the unsolvables. May I point you to Psalm 4. David was being pursued. People wanted to kill him but he was still able to lie down and sleep in peace because of God. May you sleep and dream pleasant dreams.


joy: I'm sorry you are not feeling well. I will pray that your health returns quickly. Rest. You will be on your feet again soon. :)

Delvalina: I'm praising the Lord that He finds me a useful tool. Blessings to you.

Denise: Thank you.


Piano Bookworm: God is so good. I'm happy you were encouraged.

Lacey: Reminders are good things I am learning. :)

lgsquirrel: Thank you for the suggestion. I will study Psalm 4 tonight. It is true that David slept peacefully. Just like when Jesus slept peacefully in the boat during a storm. When we trust God we have nothing to fear.

T-Childs said...

At the moment, life is very hard for many people; people lose their jobs, the economy is in a downturn, people are desperate for many reasons, and perhaps the main reason is that money is in such short supply. When money is in short supply, most of us feel the consequences. No one ever said that being a Christian meant having an easy ride of it. And yet, we are commanded to remain above it somehow, to keep calm and carry on, to go on living as Christians, to pro-actively do good, to turn the other cheek when people harm us in some way, and to always forgive. For many people not Christians, this seems insane, folly even, but God's folly is wiser than the most intense human wisdom. He is telling us to keep smiling when there is not a lot to smile about, and to keep going even when we just want to quit. God is saying to us "What happened to your get up and go?!" and most of us want to reply "Our get up and go has got up and gone!!!" and He knows this, but He gently asks us to face each day with genuine hope in our hearts; there is coming for us all a better day...


T-Childs: You are speaking truth. God is our hope now and forever. And what a mighty God He is!