“There’s no way I should have to keep doing this thankless job!”
“I stick my neck out for these people and this is what I get?”
Sound familiar? To most of us it probably does. Try and do good for others and it seems you get railroaded. Been there, done that. I’m just being honest.
But here is the kicker. Being good is one thing, doing good is everything.
Check this out:
“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.” (Gal 6:9 NLT)
It’s easy to be good because it usually involves making sure we’re okay. Do the minimum required. Don’t rock the boat for any one else. Being good is the safe road.
It’s quite another thing to do good because it usually involves serving others. Doing good is risky.
When doing good for others, things won’t always turn out the way we intended and we might get angry, frustrated, and feel like quitting. Doing good for others in the face of discouragement is one of the hardest things to do. Which is why most quit.
As we brave these waters, discouragement clouds our vision and we can’t always picture where “X marks the spot” to the sunken treasure. Remember, the feelings generated from discouraging circumstances make for a horrible life compass.
Shut down and you may not risk getting hurt again. Chances are you’ll never reach the blessings reserved for you either. Because according to this verse, being good won’t bring in the blessings. Doing good will.
- When it seems your kids aren’t “getting it”, keep loving and teaching them like a good parent would.
- When those you lead frustrate you, keep believing in them like a good leader would.
- When leaders don’t function to “your standards”, pray for their well-being and bless them like a good follower would.
- When someone is distraught and they don’t think they’ll ever attain their dreams, cheer them on like a good encourager would.
- When you know someone is in need, give of your resources like a good neighbor would.
- When someone messes up and falls flat on their face, help them up like a good friend would.
Whenever given the opportunity, take the risk and do good to everyone.