A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

Tired of doing good?

All right let’s admit it.  The  church must continue to do good.

But goodness doesn’t usually win awards or get us that “15 minutes of fame”  we’ve been promised.  Additionally, tiredness becomes an impelling factor that overwhelms us at some time in our lives.

Bob Mumford, a famous preacher in the 1970’s , said that it always amazed him the people who were able to continue and grow in Jesus.  These successful men and women were almost never the splashy people.

In fact, he said that he was careful and cautious of the people who talked big and made themselves appear important. They were usually the people who quickly faded away.  It was the folks who remained shy and didn’t impress anyone who succeeded in their walk with Christ.

Paul wrote, in Galatians 6:9, “Don’t be tired of doing good.”  I’ve often thought this must by my life verse because people are always coming up and quoting it to me, telling me that the Lord impressed them to share it with me.

It’s not the “life verse” I would like to chose.  Yet, The point is important. I am constantly attempting to learn how to pace myself.   The executive director of The Special Gathering, Richard Stimson used to say to me all the time. ” Learn to pace yourself.”  I’m still trying to learn that lesson.

In ministering to the mentally challenged community, it is easy to become burnt and fried by legitimate  demands and concerns of people who have great needs.  Leaders share that the key to long-term success is learning to pace themselves.  This simple principle allows them to keep running until the end of the race.  People who are successful are the people who know how to pace themselves.  They are the people who don’t be tired doing good.

 

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