And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
I. SOME PLACES WHERE WE ARE LIABLE TO GROW WEARY.
1. We grow weary when the work seems too large and we try to take it all in at once. One morning a man found the snow all piled up before his door. He began to shovel it away, but there seemed to be such a mountain of it he threw down his shovel in despair saying: "I can never clear away all that snow." Then he picked up his shovel, and marked off a square, and began to see how long it would take him to cast that aside; then another and another, until the whole was cleared away. So the girl looks at that great pile of music, as she begins her first lessons, and says: "Oh, I can never learn all that music." And the boy looks from the beginning of his arithmetic through to the last page, and says: "I shall never get through that."
2. We become discouraged and weary when we do not see immediate fruits of our labour. My little nephew was out in the garden one evening with his father sowing peas; next morning he took a basket and was going out to gather the crop, and was greatly disappointed when told the peas were not yet grown. Sunday-school teachers may appropriate this.
3. Ye grow weary and give up sometimes on the eve of reaping, and lose the harvest. Two men were digging for gold in California once. They toiled a good while and got nothing. At last one threw down his tools and said: "I will leave here before we starve," and he did leave. The next day his comrade that remained found a nugget of gold that supported him until he made a fortune. One of my Sunday-school teachers came to me to resign her class, because she said she was doing them no good. They were less thoughtful than when she took charge of them. I encouraged her to "labour and to wait." Only a few weeks elapsed when ten of the twelve young ladies openly professed faith in Christ.
4. We grow languid sometimes in prosperity. Christian slept in the arbour after ascending the hill Difficulty.
II. HOW TO PREVENT WEARINESS IN WELL-DOING.
1. Keep near to the Master. It was when Peter followed from afar that he denied Him. Keep Christ in full view. It was when Peter looked on the waves that he began to sink.
2. Have strong faith in the promises: "My word shall not return unto Me void — it shall prosper" (Isaiah 55:11). "We shall reap," and reap in the best time, God's time, "in due season." Perseverence will bring success, success will inspire courage, courage will bring victory, and victory will be followed by glory.
3. Often pray to God. "Even the youths shall faint and be weary — but they that wait on God shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 60:30).
4. Help others. This is the health-lift of the soul. Two travellers crossing the Alps were freezing to death. One lay down to die; the ether, seeing his awful condition, began to rub, chafe, and rouse him. He suc-ceeded, and the exertion of helping to save his friend, kindled a glow of warmth in himself. They started off arm in arm, and were saved.
(George H. Smyth.)
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