Don’t give up!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

A few weeks ago, I was going about my normal routine when I witnessed something (I won’t go into details here) that made me angry and frustrated. I saw a few people doing something that they have been taught not to do yet they carry on doing it, without thinking about the consequences to their actions. This particular situation made me reflect a lot on why I am here, why I’m doing the work I am doing, and what is the point if people don’t change. I might as well give up on these people!!

As I was thinking about this, I thought of all the other times that Sergio and I could have given up being here in the last five years, yet we are still here. How? Somehow without us even really realising it, God turned our frustration into perseverance, anger into determination, disappointment into hope.

We can give up on someone today and feel like there is no point, but we don’t know what tomorrow can bring in that person’s life. Tomorrow could make all the difference, yet we give up being used by God to fulfil his purposes! Imagine if God gave up on us…… but he never would:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22

No matter what we do, God pours his mercy on us every morning and he never gives up on us, just as we shouldn’t give up on others. Whether it is someone you are praying for to know Jesus personally, or someone who is sick, or difficult people in your life…. don’t give up on them! My experience a few weeks ago has helped me to have more compassion on the people I work with. I need to have patience, love, and hope in order to fulfil the work that God has called me to do here, no matter how many times things don’t go the way I had hoped and planned. God doesn’t give up on me and I won’t give up on others, no matter how difficult it can be!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9