Hidden Nugget Series #11 – “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Two weeks from today several significant milestones will take place in the Luke1428 household. On Friday, Oct. 11th, I’ll be flying to Maryland to compete in the Baltimore Marathon over the weekend. That event will bring to an end my arduous 5-month training schedule that has seen its share of nagging injuries, post-run ice packs and more diet restrictions than I care to think about. (Can I please just have a soda?!)
That same day Mrs. Luke1428 will turn in her final grad school assignment in what has been a three-year vocational transition from teaching high school math to becoming a full-fledged CPA at a private accounting firm. We’ve already celebrated the completion of her CPA requirements and this last class wraps up her quest to secure an MBA as well. I’ve written extensively in my monthly updates how mentally and emotionally challenging this has been for the entire family. I really can’t believe we’ve made it to the end of our long, dark tunnel.
Anything of value worth seeking brings some kind of hardship. Invariably the intense pursuit makes it incredibly difficult to keep moving forward day in and day out. The end looms so far in the distance. Weariness sets in. Discouragement soon follows. And then the questions begin.
Is this good thing really worth it?
Did I make a mistake?
What if I can’t finish the task?
Is this costing me too much?
More than once in the pursuit of these good things our hearts staggered. It’s been tempting to pack our bags, give in and take the easy road home. I mean how insane is it for two middle-age adults with four kids to intentionally put themselves through this mess?
But one thought helped us stay motivated and kept us going. It lifted our hearts every time we felt discouraged and served as the anchor that held us steady when belief in our abilities wavered.
It was the idea that, in due season, we will reap the benefits of our efforts.
I will grant you that it is difficult to project into the future and truly know what those benefits will be. God only knows what awaits us. Perhaps better health and the chance to outlive my soon to be 100-yr. old grandfather? Maybe an upwardly mobile career track? More personal and family freedom to enjoy life? Those are all possibilities that we would surely welcome.
Is the weariness of your good deed setting in today? If so, refocus on the reason you began your journey in the first place and the rewards that await you at the end. You may not see them soon, but they will be there, in this life or the next.
You can make it if you don’t lose heart.
Questions: Does focusing on the end help keep you stay motivated? What other factors/tricks keep you focused through the hard times?
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