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’m a stickler for staying committed to my commitments, but sometimes the feeling of discouragement and being burned out makes me want to quit.


I used to host a Bible study on Saturdays with a group of friends in 2018. A year into it, things changed, people left, and it was just me hosting the study.


We used to have a group of 12-20 people come to the Bible study, but by the middle of 2019, there were only 5 of us (including myself) consistently coming. And I was discouraged.


I wanted to quit.


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


Great.


Lord, 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 back home.


But then I remembered what a preacher said about being present even if no one comes. Fine, Lord, I’ll stay until the end. But if no one comes, I’m done. Done!


A half an hour passed, and no one came. This is a waste of time.


A few moments later, a lady walked through the door with her little, 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?”


“Yes,” she said.


“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, and I was instantly encouraged. I gave her a to-go plate, and just as she and her son 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.


Had I decided to give in to my emotions and go home, I would’ve never been able to help the lady and her son. And I also wouldn’t have been there for the people who came to Bible study late.


God responded to my discouragement by first sending the lady and her son, and then 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 (or will give you) is crucial to the lives that He wants to change through you.


Things aren’t always as they seem.


Keep showing up! And when God gives you the release to start a new assignment, take in on with the same mindset.


You never know who will be blessed because of your commitment.


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- Mags

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