Dear TLS Community,
Have you ever had the feeling that you just want to give up? There are periods in my life when I wonder if I am ever going to surface from the ever increasing workload of planning, paperwork, washing and picking up after children. And that’s before I get to work! It’s during these times, when I am at my lowest point that I have found solace and strength by reflecting on Jesus’ many journeys in which He was put to the test and like Him, I find the need to pray to God.
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1
The widow in this story sought to right wrongs alleged against her, from an unjust judge who refused her requests for justice. Despite the continued refusal, the widow persisted with her requests for justice until the judge relented. The judge however did not assist her because it was the right thing to do, or for fear of God, but for his own selfish reasons of wanting her to stop bothering him.
In our own lives it can at times be easier to do things not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s easier than doing the whole task or you just want the person or issue to go away. In these situations we may find that we take short cuts or pay lip service to those around us, when they are at their lowest, need our support and encouragement not to give up.
It’s important to remember that life goes on, one step at a time and yes some days are better than others. But throughout it all I know and trust that God has not forsaken me but is giving me the strength to work through my workload and challenges, one thing at a time. God has never promised me to have an easy life, but He has promised me that He would never leave me.
When thinking about Jesus’ life, walking from town to town, helping others in need, nowhere to lay His head down, never giving up, but continuing all the way to the cross.
Why did He keep going?
Why didn’t He give up?
For me! For you! For all of us! And He did it so we could pray to Him and know that whatever we are going through He is with us giving us the strength to continue and to never give up.
Throughout this term I have been trying to pass this message onto the students in my class. God is with us all, patiently waiting for us to pray and ask for the strength to continue, to try again, to concentrate a little more, to change our attitude and to ‘Never Give Up.’
One of the quotes we have read and shared together is:
“Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who don’t give up.”
Join with me this week in praying to ask for the strength to persevere and persist to achieve what is right – to achieve our best.
I acknowledge that it is hard some times to continue. I want to give up, but I know that You are here waiting for me to pray for strength and perseverance. Lord, I will get up, I will show up with an open mind, I will try my best, I will keep asking for Your strength and I will never give up. Please be with me Lord.
God’s richest blessings for the week ahead,
UP Co-ordinator & Year 6/7 Teacher.