And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10, Holy Bible New King James Version)
Holiday season brings out the best in some; the worst in others. Volunteers donate more time and goods, especially food, at this time of year. They organize and coordinate events combining their business skills and compassion. They seldom receive compliments or gracious thanks, but they often hear criticism.
“I don’t like [fill in the blank].” Or, “He [she] got a larger portion than I did.” Or, “You know I can’t sit long, so I need to be served first.” Complaints within the church may be similar. “The coffee’s too strong [too weak],” or “I don’t like dark roast,” or “I prefer whole milk in my coffee, not that nondairy stuff.”
Apostle Paul told the church at Galatia to do good to all people, especially Christians. The New Century Version says: “We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up. When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.”
Grumbles dampen the energy and pleasure of givers. Complaints take the joy out of doing good. Volunteers often resign from burnout. Take Apostle Paul’s advice. Keep going. Your reward is waiting.
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to continue doing good. My reward will come in due season. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore