9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
This is one of my main verses these days.
One of the odd things about having a big family is that we have spent literally 19 years taking care of small people who can't, for example, rummage around and find food if necessary.
It frankly requires stamina and perseverance to keep feeding these kids over and over and over :-).
It requires stamina to teach the younger children necessary chores so they can develop a good work ethic and the skills they will need to survive life.
It requires faithfulness to teach the 7th kid to read, and the 8th, and the 9th.
I'm not hero. I'm just a mom who loves her kids like crazy. But I'm also a selfish person at heart, and an introvert. My idea of a good time is to be on the beach at St. Croix with my wonderful husband.
Which is why we've been going there once a year!
But the rest of the time, I have to persevere and persevere and persevere. I must not grow weary of doing good.
I would take a bullet for any one of my children. I would. But in a way, in a way, a one time heroic act would be easier than being faithful every single day to mediate disputes and read Bible stories and talk to them about their scientific and spiritual questions, to try to focus and understand when they babble away about obscure computer games!
That's why I need, desperately, the Holy Spirit of God in my life. By myself, I could not do this. I want to, believe me. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. But through the Holy Spirit and prayer, I am able to faithfully fulfill my tasks day after day, week after week, year after year. Thank you, Lord.