So let us not grow weary in doing what is good, for we will reap at the proper time, if we do not give up.” (Gal 6: 9)

Why would I “grow weary” in doing what is “good”? Because I experience setbacks; things do not always go as I expect, and I make mistakes, as do fellow-strugglers around me. Even when I focus on leading a God-centered life, and intend to “do what is good,” my spiritual growth is not an overnight matter. The Apostle reminds me today not to be a spiritual infant, but to have patience with myself and others. There is growth, even through my mistakes, even if I am not always “reaping” as I would like.

Today I need not be discouraged or dragged down by any of yesterday’s failings; for example, if I missed an opportunity to be helpful or just friendly to someone at the office, or if I wasted time or money, or blabbered thoughtlessly in conversations with friends, rather than listening to what they had to say. I can turn all these mistakes into assets, by taking note of them and handing them over to God’s mercy, humbly asking Him for His wisdom and grace, to do a bit better today.

This Thursday morning, another morning of the Nativity Fast, I open myself up to His loving care of my spiritual garden, weeds and all, letting Him shed light and nourishment on my “work in progress.” Because I “will reap at the proper time, if I do not give up.”

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