Several days ago our eight year old expressed in no uncertain terms his displeasure for not receiving recognition for good behavior (side note, we are working with his teacher). The object of his contempt rest squarely on the shoulders of his 3rd grade teacher. Needless to say his wonderful parents have never made that mistake…yeah right.
After lavishing much love and encouragement upon his hurt feelings, we sought the life lesson from his ordeal. My wife and I shared with him how sometimes the good we do goes unnoticed, but we must continue to do our best even when we are not praised for it.
Our hearts ached for him for we know how hard he works at being his best considering the challenges he faces. Anyway, the goal of this lesson is not to focus on our son but to focus on handling perception of the mind. Perception that directs the outcome or our actions.
Apostle Paul petitioned the Galatians to not become weary of doing good, for in due time they will reap a harvest if they did not give up. Like the Galatians, we are to press on doing good for the good we do not only builds character, but our actions as Christians impacts the lives of non believers. In a world were trustworthy character functions at a deficit, doing good must be embraced as a breath of fresh air.
So I say again, do not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest.
Father, thank you for children for they truly are a gift and blessing from you. The lessons and simple yet powerful way they convict our hearts and minds can only come from your wisdom. We praise you, for your love and devotion to us as we navigate this thing we call life. Help us to raise above the pull of discouragement when we do not receive what ours minds perceive we have earned.
Lead our heart toward gratitude and the wonderful grace that you so lavishly shower upon us. Lastly but not least, let us follow the example of Christ who died for those who drove the nails in his wrist and feet as well as those who cleansed his wounds of affliction. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen
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