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3/11/2018 12:15:00 AM
Don't Give Up
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.'
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

“Stick a fork in me because I’m DONE!” Have you ever heard that phrase? This is the cry from many in our struggle to do good. We try to grow up in Christ, but somehow we keep making the same mistakes. When we will ever change? Maybe it’s just too hard to grow. DONE.

Sometimes we do all we can to help someone but it doesn’t seem to matter. They continue to have the same problems. Will they ever get better? Are our attempts to do good working at all? DONE.

We do good to the least of these, but even so people are still poor, hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, in prison, and homeless. Over time we may begin to ask ourselves if it is worth it to pour ourselves out to address social issues that remain despite our best efforts. DONE.

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The future of the church can seem uncertain. After all these years of serving, tithing, and praying many of our churches face declining membership and serious financial dilemmas. Where is all this going? Many people are tired and ready to sit down but where is the younger generation? DONE.

Galatians 6:9-10
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

In this passage Apostle Paul encourages us to hang in there. Don’t give up. Things are taking longer than we want them to, but “at the proper time” we will see that the good we do does make a difference, especially to God.

In the classic movie “The Miracle Worker” Annie Sullivan fights to teach her deaf blind student Helen Keller. Weeks turn into months as Annie tries to help Helen make the connection between the words spelled in her hand and the object of the lesson. Helen refuses to cooperate and doesn’t seem to be learning anything. Her parents become hopeless and are ready to admit defeat for their daughter. DONE.

A pivotal scene comes when Annie takes Helen to the pump outside that brings water from the well. They stand there priming the pump, pushing it up and down, up and down. They pump, and pump, and pump, but still water does not flow. Annie understands that you must prime the pump. You must wait until all the air is pumped out so the water can flow. This can take a very long time. At last the water gushes out, and for the first time Helen understands the connection between the letters in her hand and the water. It didn’t look like Annie’s teaching was accomplishing anything, but God was working in it, priming the pump of growth and change in unseen ways. Annie’s hard work is finally rewarded because she did not give up.

So it is with us and our life. Let us not become weary in well doing and give up. God is working in unseen ways priming the pump in our life, and those we love. Some things take much longer than we anticipated. We don’t think change is ever going to come. Our reward can seem so far away. Keep pumping. Keep doing good. At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.

Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church   

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