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
I have got to admit… I am weary. I have been absent because I am weary. I want to do good. I want to do the right thing. I want to enjoy my kids and family. I want to choose the best over the good. I want to choose the important over the urgent. I want to choose Joy.
It is just days away from Christmas, a holiday I so love to celebrate. To celebrate the savior--- born to earth. God drawing near. The word becoming flesh. It is a beautifully magnificent time of year.
And yet… I am weary. Are you weary?
- Weary from buying gifts? (Iike silly pillow pets?)
- Weary from sending Christmas cards? (finally got mine out)
- Weary from preschoolers cooped up in a house during a cold winter day? (any suggestions here?)
- Weary from the hustle and bustle?
- Weary from trying so desperately for your kids not to miss the real meaning of Christmas?
- Weary from disobedient kids?
- Weary from your own sin?
- Weary from trying to add in all the extra that comes with a holiday while still keeping up with the everyday needs? (laundry, dinner, groceries, runny noses, bills to pay)
- Weary simply from the day to day grind of motherhood?
Yet God’s word exhorts us… Do not Grow Weary in doing good.
Do NOT grow Weary in Doing Good.
Do not grow WEARY in doing Good.
Do not grow weary in doing GOOD.
So as we coast (or put along like cars running on empty) into Christmas in just a few days…. may we not grow weary in doing good. May we stop, and….
-Enjoy the flicker of the Christmas lights with wondering eyes
-Gaze upon the significant ornaments, each telling their own story
-Read just one more Christmas story to your kids
-Sing loud Christmas hymns to our children
And most of all….
May we remind ourselves that we, the mothers, the keepers of memories,and bearers of traditions…that we, even in all our weariness, are setting the stage this week for little ones in our lives. May they see that the Great King who came to dwell on earth also dwells in our hearts, and that WE love because He first loved us. That we shower them with gifts to celebrate the greatest gift of all -- Jesus himself! So do not grow weary friends.
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
2 Thessalonians 3:13
And it is in that spirit that I am taking a little blog break
over the next week or so… To enjoy my family, to rest, regroup, and to rethink my priorities… to focus on what it means to “do good” and to consider how I can live so that I not “grow weary”.
Because friends, I am weary. And I need to be renewed by the one whose mercies are new ever morning.
May you have a Very Merry Christmas as you
Celebrate the Birth of our Savior!