Do Not Grow Weary
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
So, why do I feel so tired during this time of the pandemic? It is not that I am working a ton more hours or not getting enough sleep. For some reason, everything that I do just seems to take more energy and time to accomplish. My brain feels tired and slow. There are lots of practical reasons why we feel weary (working longer days, homeschooling or hybrid schooling, being stuck at home, etc.). But perhaps the two biggest reasons are the constant pallor of Covid 19 hanging over our heads and the loss of relational connections with people. Perhaps you feel like this as well?
So what should we do? Paul in Galatians says keep doing good, and don’t grow weary. Sometimes Biblical instruction is frustrating because if I could stop being weary, I would. It is similar to when someone tells me to stop eating things that are bad for me. Believe me, I would if I could, but I can’t. Why? In terms of the big picture, I am sinful and broken beyond repair. The specific and smaller picture is that when I get discouraged, I pick bad things to make myself feel better (like eating).
So, what should we do? Here is what I am going to try.
- Pray that I will not waste my life on things (ding dongs, snickers, etc.) that will not fix my problem.
- Pray that God would encourage and strengthen my heart to serve Him and others. I need His resources given through the Holy Spirit to do anything.
- Schedule more time to talk with my friends. I need their strength and wisdom to make it through this crazy life.
- Do good and serve others whether I feel like it or not. Sometimes focusing on others takes the attention off of me. My feelings will eventually come around which will help me to be less weary.
That is what I am going to do. I am so thankful for God’s love and grace in my life. How about you?
Be safe and remember that even if we are weary, God is different than us. He never loses heart or grows weary. His strength is our strength. Jesus conquered sin and weariness so I don’t have to try and do it on my own.