I don’t know how long you’ve been involved in Girls’ Brigade – for me it has been nearly 20 years, but I am sure that some people reading this could double or even triple that figure!
When we first begin a project, join a new organisation or set up a new venture we usually do so with great energy, excitement and enthusiasm! However, as time goes on, no matter how much we love what we do and the organisations we are serving, we can grow weary. We can lose our vigour and passion for the things we once loved, we can fall into a monotonous routine rather than thinking creatively about how we can grow and develop our ministry, and we can become generally tired and weary. Phrases such as ‘what’s the point’, ‘sure that will do’ and ‘I’m too old for this’ become part of our regular vocabulary. We can begin to feel a little disheartened, thinking that all of our efforts over the years have been in vain and that we are having no real impact on the people around us or the girls we lead.
When I am feeling like this I am reminded of one of my favourite verses: ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up!’ Galatians 6 v 9.
There are so many important truths in this verse and such valuable lessons that Paul wanted to reiterate to the people of Galatia:
1) Don’t give in and don’t give up! The Bible tells us not to grow weary when we are doing good. That may seem easier said than done but it is so important for us to remember that when we are working or volunteering we are also serving and glorifying God, and as a result we should be putting in 100% effort and giving him our best!
2) God’s timing is perfect. We’re only human and sometimes it is easy for us to grow impatient or frustrated when we feel like we are labouring tirelessly and not seeing any results. But this verse tells us that we will see the results and reap the rewards, in due season. God’s timing is always better than what we could plan ourselves.
3) We will reap. As our Heavenly Father, God doesn’t want to keep anything from us or deprive us of returns on our work. When we are doing good, when we are loving others in order to serve Him, we will reap from those efforts!
So my encouragement to you for this next season in Girls’ Brigade is simply to keep going! It is our greatest privilege in life to be able to serve the King of Kings. Don’t lose heart, don’t give up & keep pressing on!
GBNI Programme & Admin Officer