The older I get the more I love to hike and the more reasons I have to love it! Simply enjoying the outdoors, I can be “still” and listen to God the best, each hike is an accomplishment that no one can take from me, it is therapeutic, it is a great time to learn more about whoever is with me, it is great exercise, a goal is reached… I can go on and on.
Just a couple weeks ago my sixteen year old daughter was upset about our family’s hospitality being taken advantage of. One of her statements was “I am tired of our family doing things to be nice and it always being taken advantage of!” A few years back our now nineteen year old had a similar statement after witnessing me having to take some pretty rotten verbal abuse from a birth parent. “Mom why was he so rude to you when all you have done is try to help?!”
My answer was and still remains the same. Just because our kindness isn’t always well received, or we are taken advantage of, even if a thank you never comes, we are to never stop doing good. When God calls you to something it doesn’t matter what human beings say or do. If God has put it on our hearts to help someone He has a plan. We don’t always get to see the bigger picture. We have no idea what is going on with a person or another person’s heart. Truth be told anything good that God has called us to is not really about us. If our hearts our right it is all for God’s glory. Every good deed He calls us to is sharing His love with a broken world.
Jesus healed ten lepers and only one returned to say thank you. Luke 17:11-19
It has taken fortysix years to be where I am in this and God is continuing to work on me. Even when someone has a completely different lifestyle, beliefs, and views it is becoming more and more my prayer, “God show me how I can love this person the way you need me to!” God help me be more aware of this hurting world around me even if the world tries to hurt me. Help me to point to you, show love, show grace, show mercy, and not cast judgment.
If we have done what God has called us to do then that is it. Let it go, shake off the negative, and trust that God is using our obedience for the good of His perfect plan!!
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.
Like hiking when my muscles are tired and my joints hurt the end result is worth it! The result is always going to be worth it to continue doing good even when it seems useless.