Keep Showing Up.

 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9

 

I do my best to stay committed to my commitments, but there have been many times when I just wanted to give up.


A few years ago, I hosted a Bible study on Saturdays with a group of friends. We would regularly have a group of 12-20 people join us, but six months into it, things changed.


I was the only one left of my friends who wanted to continue hosting the Bible study. And by the end of the year, there were only five people (including myself) who were still consistently coming.


I wanted to quit.


One Saturday afternoon, as I was cooking spaghetti for the Bible study group, I realized that no one confirmed that they were coming. So I sent out a reminder text to the regulars, and all of them said that they couldn’t make it.

"Great, just great," I thought to myself. "If no one is going to come to Bible study anymore, then I’m done."

I was already at the church where I hosted the Bible study, but I thought about packing up my stuff and going home. But then I remembered what a preacher said about being present even if no one comes.

I’ll stay until the end. But if no one comes, I’m done. DONE!


It was half an hour passed the time for Bible study, and no one showed up. I started to convince myself that it was a waste of time to stay until the end.


But then something interesting happened. A lady walked through the door with her adorable son. He was probably about 5-years-old.

“Is this the Spanish church that gives out food?” she said in a very humble tone.

“This isn’t a Spanish church, but we give out food on Tuesdays and do a food pantry every third Thursday of the month.”

The lady looked a little disappointed.

“Were you looking for something to eat now?” I said.

“Yes,” she responded.

“Well, I just made some spaghetti for my Bible study group. I made a whole pot and no one showed up. You guys are welcome to have some.”

The lady’s disappointment quickly turned to joy when I gave her a to-go plate, and I was encouraged. As they were leaving, a friend of mine walked through the door for Bible study.

And then about 10 minutes later, a few more people came who hadn’t come in a while. I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear.

Note to self: don't trust your feelings, trust God.

God responded to my discouragement by sending the lady and the late group of people. He used them to say, “Keep showing up, Maggie!”


Whether people show up or not, you still need to show up. Always be ready and willing for God to use you.


Whether you see the results you’re hoping for or not, keep doing what you’re doing. Your work is not in vain.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9


Your obedience to the assignment that God has given you is crucial to the lives that He wants to change through you. Things aren’t always as they seem.

Keep showing up! You never know who will be blessed because of your commitment.


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- Mags

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