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Doing good is hard work. Maybe we have tried before and failed. Or perhaps we see how easy things seem to come to others. In any case, we wonder if doing good is worth the effort.

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It’s not a question of desire – we know we want to do good and to be good.

However, somewhere around mile 8 of that half marathon we start to wonder what we’ve signed up for and if the finish line is still worth it.

We grow weary in doing good.

The project we started has yet to experience its breakthrough and we’re tired. Do we keep going or cut our losses? 

Everyone’s schedule is full and frustrations grow. Do we keep fighting for deeper friendships or settle for casual connecting?

Things have grown a bit cold in marriage and all our efforts seem to fall flat. Is it worth trying to reignite the flame again or is this as good as it gets?

It takes time for fruit to ripen to perfection. And all too often we give up before it has had a chance to fully mature.

Again, this is not a lack of desire or even will on our parts, but often endurance. Waiting for the good requires our ongoing labor.

We have to labor at doing good and not give up in order to enjoy the fruit of our efforts.

And as we labor we trust the process. God has designed life in such a way that fruit comes from what we plant.

So, whether in our work or in our relationships, we have to do the work of planting the good in order to enjoy the fruit of this goodness.

And the goodness comes in time if we don’t give up.

At just the right time God will bless all the good you are planting and it will be worth every effort.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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