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Give of one's self

The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who lie to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don't get tired of doing what is good. don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters. (Galatians 6:8-10)

How satisfied are you with life right now? If you can answer that one with a 'pretty doggone satisfied', then you are likely liking life right now. If the answer is 'not so well', you are probably in the process of trying to make some changes to your life. Since we all go through seasons of making change in our life, it is likely we have hit this wall on occasion. We get tired of 'doing good', only to find our plans to 'do good' weren't appreciated, didn't accomplish what we hoped they would, or just weren't all well 'implemented'.

It is hard NOT getting tired when we 'do' and 'do', only to find all our 'doing' isn't making much headway. Truth be told - we want to do good and see great things happen, don't we? We don't want to wait for the results of continually doing good - we want immediate results. Things in the spiritual realm don't always happen quickly - they take time - time we seldom want to allow. It is easy to get discouraged, so this is where we each need to come alongside each others, building one another up.

Giving a 'large part' of oneself to another is quite a fulfilling thing, but even in giving of one's time, talents, and treasures to another, we can find there is not always 'instant' feelings of having 'done good'. We know what we have done is right, but we just don't get those 'warm fuzzies' from the experience. The instruction given is to keeping 'doing' - regardless of the feelings. Feelings always following obedience - not the other way around. Just sayin!


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