I'm a crusader. I love a good cause. God has specifically placed orphans, impoverished, widows and the lowly on my heart the last few years. I have found it easy to campaign for justice, to do a million little things to help the cause in His name. Because doing good feels right it is very easy. Last week was a hard week for no particular reason. I've been noticing that happening more and more lately. I find myself literally wearing out by the end of the week. And, yes, I know that I'm almost six months pregnant and that I have two small children and tiredness is just going to happen. But this exhaustion was more mental and emotional.
I was snapping at the girls more often. I found myself doing an extraordinary amount of threatening and exasperated sighing.
One sentence changed that. One sentence in some silly book that wasn't even meant to inspire.
"Do not grow weary in doing good"
Oh sweet conviction!
Listen I have about the most rocking inspiring mom-blog roll a human could have. I have all the right books by all the right authors and you bet your bottom dollar I have my Bible open first thing in the morning. It's not like I hadn't hear this sentiment before.
But in that moment I needed to hear it again. Desperately. Because carrying the banner for a good cause? Not so hard. Not growing weary when the "good" is potty training? Now that my friends is a test of faith.
Can I tell you that in that moment that God dropped that little bomb on me, I had a little attitude change and I discovered that maybe it was not in fact the "terrible two's" that needed the change. It was me.
So even if you sweet mama have heard it a million times. Even if you know the right answers and have all the scripture memorized, let me be the one to tell you just in case you needed to see it again:
Do not growth weary in changing diapers. Do not grow weary in reminding your newest explorer not to pull out all the toilet paper. Do not grow weary in helping your child find their way around a potty. Do not grow weary in letting your little one sit on your lap and read books herself instead of letting you finish one. Do not grow weary of reminding your toddler to make good choices.
Do not grow weary in doing good.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9