“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.”
The New York Times this morning detailed the U.S. drought as the worst nationally since the late 1950’s. It’s been a hot summer and we are only half way through with many hot days that will follow. The hot days outside and the hot days inside. Yes, there will be hot days inside our office and it won’t just be the weather that makes the difference. There is always another “hot” topic or “hot” issue that must be addressed and when these come and especially when they come day after day, week after week, it can wear us down and like the oppression of heat and humidity outside, we thirst and we search for shade and relief. But that is hard to find when the deadlines are looming and the heat has been turned up by the boss or the bosses’ boss. This is the time when perseverance and commitment shows up, or doesn’t. As a person who uses long distance running for my exercise I remember hearing the great running philosopher George Sheehan write that running in the heat builds commitment. I hear that in my head on every long run when the sun is beating down on me.
Just like in the long run, when the heat is turned up at work we have to find that commitment down deep inside of ourselves to carry on and carry on in the way that others never really see us sweat. God gives us His promise that we can do so if we are doing the right things and doing our work in the way we should. In Galatians we read; “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.” Even though those “hot days” will be upon us, if we are doing what is good and doing our best to bring the glory of God through our work, there is the blessing and the refreshment of the harvest waiting for us, and a much cooler season coming…soon.
Reference: Galatians 6:9 (New Living Translation)