Pastor’s Pen: Tired of Helping

Have you ever said to yourself, never out loud of course; “I’m sick of helping people!  I just want to stop doing good for others and live for myself!”

We have all grown weary at times. Maybe your elderly neighbor could stand to have their walk shoveled so you do it. Your son’s truck breaks down so you spend your one free afternoon getting all greasy to help fix it. You’re running behind and go to pick your daughter up from practice.

When you get there you find that her friend’s mom never showed up and she needs a ride home, which your daughter already promised you would do. You get a call that someone from work is sick and they need someone to pick up the extra shift. Your parent’s income is fixed, but their gas bill has gone up and they could use some money to pay the difference.

And at some point during the week you need to stop by the hospital to visit your friend from church who just had surgery. Of course, these activities have seriously cut into your ice-fishing, hunting, napping, reading, shopping or whatever else you would like to be doing.  You’re ready to throw in the towel and run away forever.

This time of year it seems there are even more needs going around. The cold weather works hard on vehicles, homes, bodies and finances. You know that God wants you to help out, but sometimes you need encouragement to keep going. I get that.

The other day I was reminded of Galatians 6:9-10 (you may want to read verses 7-10). It says this:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

I like how we are not just told to do good “because God said so.” That’s a valid reason, but He, out of love and mercy, gives us an incentive; “we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Most farmers I know prefer to have a full and abundant harvest. Few, if any, work the field looking forward to a small return on their investment. I think many times we do good and see little return.

A farmer sees little return in June for crops he just planted. He has to wait. So must you and I.

We need to plant and work the fields trusting that God will bring an abundant harvest that far outweighs all our labor. We need to simply trust Him with the result as we do good.

So I encourage you, as Paul encouraged the believers of Galatia, continue to serve others and do good to them. It will most assuredly be worth it.

God says so.