Not Growing Tired of Doing Good

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. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.              

Galatians 6:9-10 NLT


Edwin Friedman in his book A Failure of Nerve says that, “Society is the product, not the sum, of human relationships.”  What you and I can do together is far more than the addition of what we can do separately. In other words, working together produces the potential for 1+1 to be greater than 2. We need each other. We are better together.

But how does this work in a day when we may very well be better together, but we are safer apart?

Zoom…Facebook…Vimeo…Calls…Texts…Emails. These are all part of the answer. And what a blessing it has been for these to be available!

But I know that these forms of communication take work. Studies show that they can even become more tiresome than getting together in-person. And then there is that whole technology issue. For many of us technology is just not our skill-set.

Paul tells the church in Galatia that the harvest is coming if they will not give up. The same message applies to us. Do not give up or lose hope. I have a growing conviction that being “together while apart” is a cross for us to bear in this season. These difficulties may be the very thing that God uses to grow endurance, build character, and produce hope…If we don’t grow tired of doing what is good.

So, please don’t walk away from connecting even as difficult as it is or as tired as you may be. Continue to do the good work of using the means available to stay connected to your family of faith. We need each other. We are better together – and that isn’t just a slogan.

Praying for our continued perseverance!

Todd

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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