“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” (II Thessalonians 3.13)
Life can get overwhelming sometimes. We can often overstretch ourselves in trying to be there for everyone in every situation. Our finances get overtaxed, and our patience gets a little run down. We sometimes mean to do well, but we just keep hitting barriers. It seems that the good things we try to do for one another are just taken for granted or even misunderstood. Sometimes the things we need to do out of love, are just painful.
Paul tells us, relax, and just keep going. Don’t let yourself get run down or frustrated. Paul tells us in this chapter of Thessalonians that some of us just turn into busybodies. Work for the Lord should be done to the Lord, and not to men’s eyes. Don’t be busy trying to please men and seeming to be busy with the work of the Lord, when in actuality you are just busy trying to be a people pleaser. Remember you are NOT God. You don’t have the authority to sit in judgement over others.
The best way to help someone is to pray for them. Lift up their needs before the One who CAN make a difference in their lives, and their lifestyle. We should always do everything in love, not out of a burdened grudge. Remember to take time in the Lord for yourself. Jesus said that the Sabbath was made form man, not man for the Sabbath.
At one time Jesus sent his disciples out to spread the Word and when they returned he asked them, how did it go? They then replied with all they had said and done. When they had completed, Jesus told them no go away to a private place and rest. You see it is necessary for us to take time to rest. Just as you need sleep at the end of the day you also need to recharge your spirit. Jesus would often get away and pray in private.
I was reading through my studies and found a card my wife had wrote me. The card was very nice and encouraging. It did not ask for anything, it just expressed her desire to be with me. Sometimes just a simple encouragement is all we really need to give someone. The card she wrote me said this;
“All I want is to love you for the rest of my life… to wake up every morning with you by my side, knowing that no matter what happens, I’ll be able to come home to your loving arms. All I want is to share everything with you… to talk to you about our ideas, our dreams, the little everyday things that make us laugh, and the not-so-little things that we can’t help worrying about. All I want is to give you my love… as a place you can always come to for acceptance or the simple comfort that silence brings when things left unspoken can still be understood. All I want is to grow old with you… to watch our live unfold, our dreams, one by one, come true. All I want is to love you forever. – Love Me”
Every morning my wife and I get up, we start the day with a cup of coffee and some quiet time with one another before we start our daily routines. I cannot tell you how valuable this time is to me, and how it helps my day. Then when she gets off to work, I spend time in prayer and in reading my daily bible readings. I start every morning the same way, no matter what day of the week, if I am working or a day off. I spend time with my wife and my Jesus, before anything else. If I did not, I don’t think I could get through the day.
My wife and I talk, text and pray for one another throughout the day. My Savior and I talk and sing together throughout the day. These are the things that keep my battery charged. I look forward to spending time with them every moment of the day. I enjoy having time alone with the Word and to feel the presence of the Spirit of the Lord. Knowing that Jesus is coming back to take us home is the hope that we should all have, and express.
1st hand knowledge our Lord is why we should not be weary in doing well. We should always work with the end game in mind. Just as I look forward to the end of the day when I can have some quiet time with my wife and to the next morning when I can sit with her over coffee. Just as I know the Lord is right there with us as we pray for our loved ones and our friends, just as we know that the Lord is coming to bring us home. Just as we know that the Lord is returning soon, we should be motivated to please him, not man.
To many Christians are caught up in trying to be everything the world thinks that they should be. Instead, be what is pleasing to your Father in Heaven. Be a child of the Father. Live with this focus in mind and you will do well. Do well because it pleases your Heavenly Father, and also take time with Him and let Him know you love Him too.