Archive for May, 2011

Patient Continuance

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Vacations never seem long enough.  Times of fellowship with our loved ones appear to end quickly.  Our babies become adults overnight.  We often make the statement “Time flies when you are having fun.”  Happy times do go by quickly, but not so with the hard times.  The hard times often seem to move at a snail’s pace.

Recently Phobe Snow, a bluesy singer, guitarist, and songwriter died.  When reading about her life, I was particularly impressed, not by her accomplishments in the world of music, but by the fact that for thirty-one years she took care of her daughter, Valerie, who was brain damaged.  Day by day, year by year, Ms. Snow poured her life into the life of her daughter.

Often in life we are called to take long-term care of someone, and it can fatigue us physically and exhaust us mentally.  Long-term care of someone is not only taking care of one’s physical needs, but sometimes long-term care is being kind to someone in our lives who has an ungrateful spirit.  Long-term care can be years of praying for a loved one to be saved.  Many times, long-term care involves caring and loving someone who is incapable of returning that care and love.

Doing what is right does not necessarily mean that it will be easy, fun, or short-lived.  We are not to get “weary in well doing” (II Thess. 3:13), but with “patient continuance” (Romans 2:7) we are to continue taking care of, praying for, and loving each other.  No one else may see what we do, care that we do it or remember what we have done, but our Father sees, cares, and will remember.

Galatians 6:9  “And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Diane Padgett  5/11/2011

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