When you feel like giving up – do this

Have you ever worked so hard and felt like your efforts are not enough? Have you committed all of you to a project and you’re getting little or nothing out of it? What do you do when you don’t have any more strength to take the next step? How do you deal with frustration when it rears its ugly head?

These are the questions that have been running through my mind for some days now. I’m a hard worker. In fact I think I work too hard. The problem is I’m not seeing the results I want and it’s very frustrating. I know that things are only tough for a moment and it’s only the shrewd and the strong that can endure until things become easy. To be honest, I’m tired of being strong. As they say in ‘ghetto-speak’, I am tired of the struggle life. I need a break, not just off work but off everything that is stressing me out and that list is long.

So back to the question at the beginning of this post; what’s a girl to do when frustration and weariness sets in? I was reading a post on musicministrycoach.com about dealing with weariness in ministry and there was a Scripture the writer used that really stuck a nerve. The Scripture is Galatians 6:9 and I will quote from the NLT:

“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.”

That’s just the word that I need right now. Things will definitely be tough but there’s no room to give up. It’s not even an option. If you give up then you end the story in failure. What happens to all the effort that has already been put in up to the point that you gave up. It becomes wasted. I’m talking to you and I am definitely talking to myself; you need to hold on. Keep doing what you are doing. Keep working hard and working smart. Are you writing exams that are very tough and you’re just tired? Don’t give up yet. That ‘A’ grade depends on you investing those sleepless nights.

There are principles of success and one of them is that you get out what you put in. In the Bible, it’s you reap what you sow. I believe that. I believe that if you invest your energy in a project or activity and you do it with consistency, you will reap the fruits of your labour. It may take months or even years (gosh that’s a scary thought) but you’ll reap the fruits nonetheless.

Be encouraged. Don’t get tired of giving your best. Don’t get tired of doing what is good. Soon, very soon, you will reap your harvest of blessing.

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