Two-a-day’s. Boy, do I have vivid memories of two-a-day’s! In grades 8-12 I played football. Every August we had an early morning practice and a late afternoon practice for two weeks. We called those grueling, exhausting, get into shape, felt like we were going to die, football practices two-a-days.
Many times I wanted to quit! But the old football coach’s slogan would ring in my head, Quitters never win! Winners never quit!
How many times have you heard someone say, “Don’t give up!” How many times have you have said it yourself?
How many times have each of us thought about giving up or wanted to give up?
The apostle Paul certainly had many reasons to give up in his life. He was run out-of-town, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, snake bit, flogged, imprisoned, rejected, chained, starved … well, you get the picture.
Yet in the letter to the Philippians, while he is in prison, he gives one of the greatest pep talks in Scripture!
And then in the letter to the Galatians he tells them, “Don’t give up!”
So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 NLT
Monday, I was on the receiving end of those who didn’t give up. The Disaster Relief Team showed up at my house to cut, haul, trim, and clean up … for four hours! Thanks Gary Moore, Bill Gibbons, Harry Partlow, Jay Dirksen, Glen Barr, Dave Finton, and David Merkle!
I was humbled to be served by a group of Christian brothers who expected nothing in return.
So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. Give God the glory in it. God will see to the harvest of the work, so trust Him. Now, don’t give up! I know you will feel like giving-up sometimes, but take each opportunity God puts into your day today, and do something good to someone. Especially do good stuff for your fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ!
Our Father, thank-you for doing good for us by sending Your Son Jesus to die for us and give us grace, forgiveness, and eternal life. Help us today to do good stuff just because we should and expect nothing in return. Thank-you for the promised harvest You will give in Your perfect timing.