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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Devotional: Don’t Give Up

Tuesday April 25, 2017 by David McCasland

Read: Galatians 6:1–10 | Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 21–22; Luke 18:24–4

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

Bob Foster, my mentor and friend for more than fifty years, never gave up on me. His unchanging friendship and encouragement, even during my darkest times, helped carry me through.

We often find ourselves determined to reach out and help someone we know who is in great need. But when we fail to see improvement right away, our resolve can weaken and we may eventually give up. We discover that what we hoped would be an immediate change has become an ongoing process.

The apostle Paul urges us to be patient in helping one another through the stumbles and struggles of life. When he writes, “Carry each other’s burdens” and so “fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2), he is comparing our task to the work, time, and waiting it takes for a farmer to see a harvest.

How long should we keep praying and reaching out to those we love? “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”  (v. 9). How many times should we reach out? “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (v. 10).

The Lord encourages us today to trust Him, to remain faithful to others, to keep on praying, and to not give up!

Father in heaven, we ask for hope and perseverance to continue reaching out to others.

In prayer we call on God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20

INSIGHT:

We may be hesitant about allowing ourselves to start feeling the pain of those around us. So did Paul lead us into more than we can handle when he urged us to reach outto the needs of others? (Gal. 6:9). Let’s put his words in context. In the previous chapter he wrote extensively about the importance of living with a sense of liberty (5:1). He didn’t see love as a matter of duty and bondage; rather, life in the Spirit is a life of care and concern for others, enabled by the Spirit.

So are we having cold feet about the implications of being warmhearted? If so, maybe we need to accept those natural fears. But in the freedom of the Spirit we can learn to act out of our own heart rather than out of duty; we can act out of the grace God generously gives us to care for others (6:4–5).

Mark Your Calendar:

April 26 & 27:  Standardized Testing for grades 4-7.

April 28:  Enrichment Field Trip

May 1:  Teacher Appreciation Lunch

May 5:  Patriot Games

May 6:  Horse Show

Birthdays This Week:

A Happy April 19 Birthday to Willow M.!!  A Happy April 20 Birthday to Genevieve H.!!  A Happy April 21 Birthday to Olivia S.!!  A Happy April 23 Birthday to Vera C.!!  A Happy April 27 Birthday to Wilbert A.!!  A Happy April 30 Birthday to Alison J. & Elizabeth J.!!

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly Meeting

Tuesday:  BETA

Wednesday:  Chapel Talk with Seth Z. 

Thursday: Science Club

Friday:  Animal Club

Announcements:

Anyone wishing to purchase class pictures please see Mr. Cooper while supplies last.  The price is $13; please make checks payable to Lifetouch

Any Club or Organization sponsor wishing to have a picture taken for the yearbook please see Mr. Cooper.

Athletics:

Baseball

Varsity Baseball will practice Mon – Fri from 3 – 5 pm

Upcoming Events

April 25, 4:30 pm
Varsity Baseball
Away vs. Southampton Academy

April 26, 4:30 pm
Varsity Baseball
Home vs. BS – H