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Weekly Devotional: Don’t Give Up!

Galatians 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Near the end of 2020, a friend shared that he recognized that he was not very loving at his workplace. He said there were many moments where he completely forgot that Jesus called him to love his neighbors. He described how he was very short with his coworkers and sometimes intentionally dismissed them. So at the end of our conversation, he told me that he was going to try to be more loving in 2021.

I connected with the same friend a few weeks after our conversation during the first week of 2021. He openly confessed that his resolution to be more loving was turning out to be harder than he thought, and that he was having second thoughts on whether being more loving at work is actually a good idea or not. When I asked him why he thought that, he added that consciously trying to be more loving was actually becoming a distraction.

I wonder how many of you are in the same boat as my friend. You anticipated and hoped that 2021 will be a new year, a different year than the last, in terms of how you would behave and think at your respective workplace, home, or school. However, only after a few days or weeks, you are thinking that this year may not be so different from the last.

If this is you, I want to first say it is very understandable. There are some people that are really hard to love, and the fact that we have to see them as often as we do, only adds to the difficulty of loving them.

Jesus points out that it is easy to love those who love us but to love others who make our lives harder than it already is the perfect form of love (Matthew 5:46-48).

For some of you, 2021 may be off to a solid start and you can already see that more good things are to come. For others, you can absolutely relate to the struggle.

Whether your 2021 is off to a good or slow start, I want to encourage you this week by turning your attention to the Bible verse of this devotion: Galatian 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

I want to encourage you by saying there will be times when it will get extremely tiring, leading you to mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. However, the Bible tells us that we will not be abandoned in our efforts of doing good. Whatever it is that you are doing in this particular season, I hope that you continue to do your best to do good, and when the time comes when you are contemplating whether to stop doing good, be  reminded that a beautiful time of harvest is guaranteed if we do not give up.