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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Footprints In The Sand

Sometimes when I go to the gym or go walking I have to push myself to stay the course and not cut my
workout short. One day last week I was really tempted to turn around and go back home. The weather was humid and my legs felt unwilling to cooperate, but I persevered and eventually my muscles loosened up and I completed my exercise comfortably.

There will be other days like that one, just as in life there are days when we just feel like giving up. Our job, marriage, ministry, life in general may seem frustrating or even difficult at times, and we may think, why bother? But know this: wherever you are now it's God's will for your life. He has given you that husband/wife, those children, that position, and He has equipped you to carry out that task. So, don't give up! Persevere, fight the good fight of faith. You know what they say about the grass being greener on the other side. It only appears to be greener.

The apostle Paul knew what it was to become discouraged. He'd been beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked and suffered all kinds of hardship for the sake of the gospel, but yet he persisted and left a wonderful legacy for the church. He wrote,  "And let us not be weary in well doing : for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6: 9). 

Sometimes I'm tempted to give up this blog. It takes time, even though I only post weekly, and I don't earn a penny from it. Working on my novel devours even more time. Sometimes I wonder if it will ever be worth the trouble, but when I consider that the apostle Paul did most of his writing in a jail cell - dark, cold, wet and crawling with all kinds of unwelcome visitors - I have no reason to complain, or to give up. Besides, I know that  "every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14 : 12).

Are you weary, feel like giving up? God never gives up on us. Ever read the poem Footprints In The Sand? If you haven't, you can read it here.

And here's a video to bless you further.


 

5 comments:

quietspirit said...

Angela: I, too, have had times of discouragement. I have had two of them this week.Yes, I get down about my writing. I also get down about other things. But I know that God loves me, my husband loves me, as well as our son. Everything else, I have to leave with Jesus. He has the last word on what happens to me and to my friends.

Vernita S. said...

Beautiful post, touched my heart. There has been tones I feel like giving up writing in certain areas; and other siuatiobs, then I consider that one person who may be ministered to and press on. And I love the video, such a lovely song for an encouraging message. God Bless you.

Vernita S. said...

Beautiful post, touched my heart. There has been tones I feel like giving up writing in certain areas; and other siuatiobs, then I consider that one person who may be ministered to and press on. And I love the video, such a lovely song for an encouraging message. God Bless you.

Angela Joseph said...

Hi Cecelia, thanks for stopping by. God does invite us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us and knowing that He loves us makes everything easier. God bless.

Angela Joseph said...

Hi Vernita, thanks for your lovely comments. I appreciate them so much. We have to keep pressing on even when we feel discouraged, because like you said, if we only minister to one person, it's worth it. God bless you.