[option to give up]

[option to give up]

It was 6:30AM on day #4.

The counsellors were mostly alive, yet the tiredness was already settling in their eyes. Coffee was a drug of choice. Prayers were said with eyes open (otherwise, the danger of drifting away was big).

The day ahead was an important one – it was the day when the kids would be invited to get to know Jesus. It wasn’t as if this would be the only day when the counsellors would have to be especially loving toward kids – that is the daily task – but it was still important that this day would not be spoiled by a silly fight or something.

Nursing a warm Starbucks RED mug in my hands, I struggled to stay awake – we went to bed late because two of my friends and I were busy preparing a presentation with pictures for the morning service.

I don’t even remember who was the speaker at the devotions that day. I do remember the verse he used.

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.

Galatians 6:9, MSG

1. Whenever mom asks me to do something that I don’t really want to do, I ask her teasingly, “Do I have a choice?” Her usual answer is “There’s always choice.” We do have the option to give up. However, Paul is calling us not to allow ourselves relax because the reward will be great.

2. At the right time. Oh, how I hate that phrase sometimes. I don’t want to wait for the right time whenever that shall be. The world keeps pestering about living “here and now” – there’s no “right time” in “here and now.” Another thing about the “right time” is that it includes eternity. I have no idea whether I will be blessed with seeing the results of my work here on earth in this life. It’s quite possible that I will only find out how something I did impacted someone else in the next life. Yet, looking back at my life, I can tell that God has right time for everything – no matter how much I struggle against His timing often.

3. We will harvest a good crop if we don’t quit. If we’ll give up… who knows how much crops will go to waste since there will be no one to harvest them?

The camp has ended, yet the work has only begun.

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