Dont Grow Weary in Well Doing

Intentionality, plus opportunity, equal results. I remember when I was a young boy in Junior High, my Dad put up a basketball goal in our yard. He told me, “You can do anything if you want to bad enough.” He said that most people will not go all out for what they want and so those who do can accomplish far more than they might have thought. Senator Tim Scott is a good example. Senator Scott was a young African American boy whose grandparents raised him. Money was scarce as he was growing up. No one would have guessed he would graduate from college and go on to become a United States Senator. But he did. My Dad loved to teach through sports. He thought sports could teach things like tenacity, endurance, willpower, and how to win with character and how to lose with character. I learned a lot through playing sports and listening to my Dad teach. After my Dad put up the basketball goal, I began to practice every night. He said, “Look the ball all the way into the goal. That will help you follow through.” He said, “Many people shoot at the goal. But you want to intend to make every shot.” He said, “Intentionality becomes a habit.” I remember a close friend in my adult life saying, “You’ve heard it said that practice makes perfect; but I say, perfect practice makes perfect.” Intentionality. By the way, I made the basketball team that year.

 

Hebrews 12:1 talks about running the race marked out for us with perseverance. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life…” 1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?” Galatians 6:9 implores us to not grow weary in well doing because at just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing. In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul declares, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”

 

As we look around and see the chaos our Society and Nation have descended into, some have become very discouraged. The Bible calls it hope deferred. Hope deferred is when you have hoped and prayed for something for a very long time and it doesn’t seem to be happening. I have a family member I have prayed for to come into relationship with Christ for almost thirty years. There is temptation to give up on that person. Hope deferred. Many have prayed for our Nation to experience revival for many years. I’m one of them. But it looks like our Society is actually going the other way. But could it be that the thing that looks so devastating right now is the very thing that God will use to turn us around? My Dad used to say, “When you get knocked down, get up and go again.” Indeed. When we feel discouraged, get up and go again. When things don’t go as we think they should, get up and go again. Roman’s 12:21 says, “do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” We can’t allow the chaos around us to convince us it’s bigger than our God. It’s not! So get up. Dust off your clothes and go again. Don’t grow weary in well doing.

 

By Vic Stinemetze