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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Being Weary in Doing Good

So many of us know the verse - "Let us not grow weary in doing good; in due season we shall reap."  And there are so many ways we can apply it to our lives - do not grow weary in washing the dishes; in due season you will have a pretty and clean kitchen as well as clean dishes for your next delightful meal; do not grow weary in doing laundry for in due season you shall have neat, clean clothes in your closet; do not grow weary in teaching your children math for in due season you will have competent, educated offspring; do not grow weary in speaking kindly to your husband and children for in due season you will have good family relationships, etc., etc.

Lately I've been thinking more about the consistent, longevity aspect of not growing weary in well-doing.  In fact, several of the ladies of our church and I have talked about it together, mostly bemoaning the fact that we haven't maintained with our younger children the training and teaching that we gave to our older children.  For instance, our older children were taught almost perfect manners while the younger ones have been somewhat "left to themselves and bring their mothers to shame" in some areas of manners.  The older ones were taught better in the area of neatness and order, while the youngers leave their clothes on the floor and don't pick up their toys from the living room floor very well.  The older ones knew Bible stories frontwards and backwards while the little ones barely know David and Goliath.  The younger ones, especially last-borns, are bossy with their friends and try to be with their older siblings, if allowed.

I'm sure there are a myriad of reasons for such negligence, but if we can find out why this has come about, maybe we can make some changes.  Some of the reasons I've noticed include:  mom's gotten lazy or just tired of training little ones and wants to move on with the older ones, mom's busy blogging, mom has more children to teach and watch, big sister just picks things up herself instead of gently teaching youngers, little ones are left in the care of siblings who might not care so much for training, the family has taken on more activities whether necessary or not, we kind of forget that the little ones haven't been trained in that area since we've already done so much training in that area, we often baby the last-born since it doesn't appear that God's going to give us any more babies and the list could probably go on!

It takes work and it takes not getting weary, but let me encourage ME and you to recommit ourselves to the training and teaching of ALL of our children in good things and to find stamina, longevity and consistency by remembering that "those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:30b-31  We may also have to reevaluate (again and again) what we 're doing with our time to see if it is the best use of that nonrenewable resource at this season in life.  Just because our children are now older doesn't necessarily mean that we are not so needed as teacher/trainers.

Because His mercies are new every morning and thus there's hope for me, I

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