Boredom | Monotony. Monogamy. Monochord. Monochrome. Monotone. Most New Yorkers just fell asleep while reading those words. We despise monotonous schedules and monogamous relationships. Monochords make boring music, monochromes create forgettable palettes and monotone speakers bore us. We have an amazing capacity for getting tired of things – even wonderful things like snowfalls or sunrises. In time, we complain about the snow and rarely wake up to see the sunset. We lose interest. The thrill is gone.
Encouragement | The Galatians were new believers who had already grown weary of doing good. Specifically, they had stopped supporting their church teachers financially . So Paul exhorted them, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” . Not only did Paul know that the teaching of the Word was essential for true worship and real affection, he also knew that supporting their church teachers fulfilled the law of Christ . Therefore, he encouraged them not to grow weary and, in so doing, reap eternal life.
Children | How can we do this? We can look to our Lord, who never grows tired of doing good. As G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon … It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we” .
Prayer | Lord, Let us not grow weary in doing good – fulfilling the law of Christ by serving and supporting others. Give us the eternal appetite of infancy so that our morning thought is, “Do it again today! Make us instruments of your good will to others!” Help us to exult in the monotonous work of doing good so that we may reap eternal life. Keep our hearts young in our enjoyment of obedience. Amen.