This morning, I had a little pity party for myself. I was thinking about the word ‘when’ that I was to write about for Five Minute Friday, and I started to think about how tired I am. Weary. Weary of doing good. Doing for others. Just plain tired of investing in others, and feeling like I was getting nothing back in return. Spending my heart as a mother, as a wife, as a friend. And often feeling like my efforts, my love, my time, wasn’t being noticed, much less returned. Wishing I could be someone else’s priority…even for a few minutes.
And then I remembered the sweet Valentine gift a new friend had just given me 10 minutes before. How she thought of me, prepared a gift of sweet goodies, including a package of hand warmers with a post it note that said ‘for football season’. Silly me, I had just had a friend show me that she thinks of me, knows me well, took time, effort and money to buy these goodies for me.
And I have the nerve to sit and have a pity party for myself that no one notices me, appreciates me, goes out of their way for me. Could I be more self-involved?
Shortly after, I opened Facebook and read this scripture that a friend had posted.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
I decided to spend some time searching the Scriptures for other passages to encourage me today. And I found plenty!
I also found this quote of Kay Arthur’s in response to Matthew 20:28
When we humbly serve one another in love, we reflect the humble nature of our Savior. When we choose the benefit of others over our own we demonstrate that we are living for an eternal reward, an eternal kingdom.
Can you say Heavenly kick in the pants?
So I will continue doing good, because I don’t want to give up. Not so that I can earn a reward, but so that I can try to reflect the humble nature of our Savior. This is my hearts desire.
So when will I give up serving others?
Pity party over, dear girl….we’re never giving up on serving others in love!!!