When Serving is Hard

Welcome Encouragement for Today!!!

It would be easy to fill this post with Bible verse after Bible verse about serving others. We could talk about the honor with have to serve the Lord and His people. I could list the spiritual gifts Paul teaches or even post a spiritual gift inventory. Oh, and we could talk about Jesus’ words, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Yes, I could encourage you to serve others in these ways.

But what if you serve, serve, and serve some more all by yourself? What if you love your neighbor as yourself and never get a thank you? Maybe you have taken a spiritual gifts inventory, are using all your gifts, and are exhausted. Let me encourage you.

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).

Years ago I was in a leadership position in my church. It was my job to plan an event for our women. I can’t tell you how many hours the leadership time and I spent preparing for and advertising the event. Despite all our efforts we had a small number commit to come so our speaker cancelled. I was devastated.

I won’t share all the thoughts and feelings I experienced in those few days because this is a Christian blog and I am a Christian speaker. Needlessly to say I took the lack of response to the event personal.

On the other side of the deal I realize how foolish it was for me to take carry that weight, but honestly, it hurt. In the midst of the pain I received a note of encouragement from a very dear friend. She included the Galatians verse I shared with you. This verse changed my perspective about serving. Serving isn’t about me, the thank yous, or my recognition. Serving is about Jesus. That’s all.

Don’t grow weary doing good. God’s rewards are far greater than any thank you or recognition you could receive here on earth.

Serving isnt about me