"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will award unto me on that day." - Paul (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
People in the academe and the "intellectual" fields honor God with the minds He gave them. That's a double, even triple whammy for me: I'm a university teacher, a graduate student, and a Sunday school teacher. But like any other divine appointment, it is God who enables those He calls. I may get tired sometimes, but the feelings of fulfillment and living out your purpose are well worth it.
I've been plagued by discouragement many times: from people, failure, and distractions. If this were a race, I've stumbled, fallen, and run off course. But God simply encourages us to just get back on track:
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." - Paul (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Just keep at it. The more steps we take in the right direction, the more empowered we feel, and the more encouraged we are to finish the race.
Persevere! And if you're a student: Study Hard and Study Well! :)
Do we feel that good things only happen to good people (and complain)...?
Or do we feel that good things only happen to bad people (and complain)...?
Why the difference?
God is good to the good and evil.
May we be more consistent--- in being kind, gracious and loving --- to everyone around us.
I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children
of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the
good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous... Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. --- Jesus (Matthew 5:45,48)
is already yours as a gift --- Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life,
death, the present, the future --- all of it is yours, and you are
privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God."
"With all this going for
us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw
yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do
for him is a waste of time or effort."