I have continued to run, and continued to study, even while taking a break from this blog. Last month, Janice and I did the Bear Lake Double in Utah and Idaho. She did the halves and I did the fulls. By the grace and mercy of the Almighty God, those were my 13th and 14th marathons to finish.
Every race, every mile, in races and in training, are only possible because Jesus allows me to run to bring glory to Him. I couldn't run a step if He didn't will it, or allow it. And I realize now, that's why I've got to keep this blog going as of my ministry, the ministry He has assigned me.
Sometimes it's easy to feel overwhelmed, even ineffective, as we go about trying to fulfill the assignments God has given us. Partly because our human nature wants instant gratification, to see the fruits of our labor materialize right before our eyes. When we don't see immediate results, in the form of lives changing around us, we begin to doubt. We doubt that we're really in God's will. We doubt whether our efforts are producing any fruit at all.
Satan works through doubt. The Devil places those doubts in our minds to throw us off course. To get us to abandon the mission. To turn from God and His work. And too often, it works. We doubt. We give up. And we turn away.
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
But we're promised that our works are not in vain. We're promised a reward if we don't give up, if we keep doing the good works God has intended for us to do. Even when we can't see the results, they're there.
So I was feeling overwhelmed for a while there, and thought this blog wasn't having much of an impact. But in the weeks since I've posted here, God has shown me this blog is still part of His plan for me. That said, I return with that same message for others out there. Others who may feel discouraged. Who feel they're giving it everything they have, all they can do, but nothing good is coming from it.
Do what you know is right, all the time. Do what you believe God wants you to do, all the time. Never give up. Never quit Him. Even when you can't see it, your work for God is bearing fruit. We may never know in this life all the lives touched and changed because we followed God's will. We may not always understand the good that comes from following His will. But it's happening.
I'm rested and rejuvenated and ready to get back to work here!
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