Sometimes doing the right thing makes life harder


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Remember me mentioning that one of my websites got hacked a few weeks ago? I went through the whole rigmarole of installing security software and working with customer service to make sure the site was secure. That was absolutely, 100% the right thing to do. But you know what? Holy moly, keeping the site clean of spam and malware is a lot of work.

I mean, the scans run on their own, which is nice. But there is still work to do when the scanning program finds something. And it finds something every day.

Ever been there? When you do something you know is the right thing, but all it does is make more work for you? It makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

Today’s verse is Galatians 6:9.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Doing the right thing is hard, especially when it’s human nature to yearn for the wrong thing. It’s easy to look out for Number One, even if you hurt the people you care about. It’s easy to live in such a way that you’re the only one who benefits, even if it means the people around you end up with short end of the stick. After all, why should you have to care about other people?

Well, frankly, folks, we have to care because God says we have to. That means we have to love our enemies. We have to pray for people who do wrong to us. We even have to pray for the morons who make foolish decisions that affect our lives.

The most important part of this verse is the phrase, “at just the right time.” Pay attention to that and remember it. It doesn’t say “when you’re ready for it” or “when you think it’s time” God will work things out. No. God will work things out on His own timetable, just like He always has.

God’s not dumb, though. He doesn’t miss anything. He knows what you’ve done and why you’ve done it. He knows when you’re just about ready to give up, and that’s why we have this verse: to remind us not to give up, because God is working things out.

So don’t throw in the towel because life is hard. Don’t walk away from a relationship because it doesn’t look like what you expected. Don’t stop doing things you know are right simply because of the emotional effort and time it will take. Keep on going. Keep on fighting for what’s right.

You’ll be tired and weary and worn out, but God’s paying attention. And He won’t let your life and your sacrifices be in vain. It might feel like you’re fighting a losing battle, but God’s already won the war. He’s just waiting for the perfect time to step in and show the world who’s boss.

 

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