Day 15

Keep Going

Let’s not get tires of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone–especially to those in the family of faith.
(Galatians 6:9-10)

How many times do we quit something just before we have the opportunity to experience whatever blessings we have coming to fruition? We don’t know. But I suspect it’s more than we realize. I know as a team we were reminded of this every year at the end of a bitter playoff loss, realizing that to get to that point again we had to pick up the pieces and start back at the very beginning. I had to remind myself not to get tired of doing good, but rather to persevere in doing good. The story is told that the great Polish pianist and composer Ignace Paderewski was scheduled to perform in Philadelphia. While the audience was arriving and making their way to their seats, unbeknownst to his mother, a young boy disappeared down the aisle to the foot of the stage. The spotlights shone on the beautiful piano, positioned center stage for the long–awaited concert. The young lad was fascinated by the piano, so he climbed onstage and onto the piano bench and, to the shock of everyone in the concert hall, played his own version of “Chopsticks.” Immediately, some shouts started: “Who is that boy?” “Where are his parents?” “Get him off the stage and away from the piano?” Offstage, Paderewski had heard the commotion. He walked onstage behind the young boy, and leaning over him, he began to play the most beautiful melody around the simple tune the boy was playing. As he did, Paderewski whispered in the boy’s ear: “Don’t stop; keep going. Don’t quit; I’ll stay right here by your side.” That’s what the Master, Jesus Christ is saying to you as you awake to a brand–new day in your life. Yes, the day may be weighted down at times with discouragement, disappointment, a sense of defeat, and uncertainties, but listen for Jesus’ promise: “Don’t stop; keep going. Don’t quit; I’ll stay right here by your side.” Talk about motivation to persevere! Let the harvest of blessings roll in.

UNCOMMON KEY> Have you ever read the beautiful prayer called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”? Find a copy. With Jesus Christ beside you, behind you, and ahead of you, you should have no reason to ever stop doing good!

What is God saying to you right now? Jot down those thoughts and pray them back to Him.

This devotion was taken from: The One Year–UNCOMMON LIFE–Daily Challenge; May 13; by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker

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