I am sitting here in my home office, after all of the Mother's Day festivities, and after finishing this week's video that focused on "Goodness" from Galatians 5:22. I can't describe what I'm feeling except to say that as the tears flow down my cheeks as I absorb what I've just heard, I know without a doubt that God has touched my heart in a mighty way.
A quick review of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) according to Beth Moore is as follows:
- Love never fails.
- Joy cometh.
- Peace rules.
- Patience waits.
- Kindness tenders.
- Goodness does.
Goodness does. It was just a week ago that I mentioned to a good friend that I wanted my life back. I didn't really mean it, but I was weary in all of my well-doing. You see, my schedule for the past 13 days, outside of working 30 hours a week, included the following:
Retreat planning meeting & preparation: 3 hours
Women's ministry planning meeting & preparation: 3 hours
Small group bible study preparation: 3 hours
Adult ministries planning meeting: 1 1/2 hours
Database meeting: 2 hours
Ladies' Tea Preparations & Event: 3 hours
Other ministry stuff: 8 hours
Mothers' Day dinner for my family: 3 hours
I do a lot of doing, and I love the doing - this is not a complaint. The above doesn't include time I'm spending reading another book for a leadership training program ("Called to Influence") that I'm taking a group through and the fact that I still must maintain my household & marriage. Goodness does. I didn't feel so "good" last week when I was complaining though. Why, because I was disobeying God in feeling weary in the well-doing.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV).
I liked what Beth Moore pointed out regarding the word "weary" here. She says "to become weary doing good means to give in to trouble; to become exasperated by difficulty, be defeated in spirit, discouraged, or faint-hearted; to despair, lose heart." I thought it was interesting how she stated that the enemy (Satan) does everything he can to make us quit and then turns around and calls us "quitters"! Satan doesn't respect us for our unbelief in God's promises because he knows God is believeable. Wow.
Let's not be quitters no matter how tough the going gets so that we can have the last laugh on the wicked one. Our sole purpose on this earth is to be a blessing to others. We were called to benefit the world by imparting God's goodness. And lo and behold, by doing good, we find the presription to heal our very own souls.
Our "prescription", as Beth Moore pointed out that got to me so, was stated in Isaiah 58:6-11. I'm not going to put the passage here, but I will quote the bullet points from our listening guide based on the passage:
If you spend yourselves (on doing good)....
- your light will rise in the darkness
- the Lord will guide you always
- your needs will be satisfied
- your frame will be strengthened
- you will be like well-watered gardens
Friends, today is the day, if we aren't doing it already, to start spending ourselves for the lives of other people. Our world is a hurting world and we have the cure. We are called to be people of influence for God's kingdom.
Lord, thank You today for this water for my weary soul. I thank You for picking me back up time and time again and filling me up so I can keep giving out. I do know that doing good for You is a healing touch. Your are truly my light, my strength, and my song. Amen.