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
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.!!
Monday: Weekly Meeting
Wednesday: Chapel Talk with Seth Z.
Thursday: Science Club
Friday: Animal Club
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.
Varsity Baseball will practice Mon – Fri from 3 – 5 pm
April 25, 4:30 pm
Away vs. Southampton Academy
April 26, 4:30 pm
Home vs. BS – H