There’s an old story I’ve told over the years, mostly for laughs, of a Hillbilly family that was just too tired to move. The story goes something like this, as the family was settling down for the night the hound dog started howling. The dog had been howling for a while when Maw finally told Paw to find out what was causing the old hound dog to howl. Paw said, “Oh Maw, I would go but I’m just too tired to move.” So Paw called out for the oldest child to check on the dog. The oldest child being too tired to move, responded similar to Paw and called out for the next child in line. This goes on and on until reaching the youngest child. The youngest child finally goes to check on the old hound dog to find out that old dog was laying on a thorn. When the youngest child came back inside he was asked what was wrong with the old hound dog. The child replied, “That ole dog was lay’n on a thorn and was just too tired to move.”
As busy as our lives become these days often we feel like this Hillbilly family and the old hound dog – too tired to move. Why are we so tired? Sometimes it’s because we’re doing more than we’re supposed to be doing, sometimes we’re doing something other than what we are supposed to be doing, sometimes it’s due to the season of our life, and sometimes it’s due to the season of the year. In our tiredness we can be encouraged to keep going. Scripture lets us know that we will become weary but also spurs us on in service and in love, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” With this word we should be careful that our labor is right and not for our own purpose or for our own comfort. The work that is worthwhile is for the benefit of others, especially those we call brothers and sisters.
In an age when the world calls evil good and good evil it is certainly easy to become weary. As I write this, looters and thief’s are being called protestors fighting for justice, a police force trying to protect a community is being called a militant group while a militant religious group is calling the beheading of children righteousness acts of their god. However, Jesus is alive and He loves you. He has worked in the hearts of our youth bringing at least three into a loving relationship with Him. He has blessed us with college students from Melbourne, Palm Bay, other parts of Florida, the US, and from around the world. We have a BIG God Whom is greater than everything. So, keep your head up, walk in His grace, love Him, and love others.
Jesus Loves You!! Shalom,