The Christian Public Servant – “do good regardless”

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February 9, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Galatians 6:9 [NIV] Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Reflection

For three weeks, I encountered nothing but ungrateful brothers on Life Row. My job – a runner on my tier – is to get everything anyone wants: boiling water for instant coffee, a soup container warmed in the microwave, ice cubes for cooling down, passing along messages, and perhaps finding a pencil or piece of paper for writing a letter. A lot of times someone just wants to talk, and so I do. In the last three weeks, no one ever thanked me. Plus, I discovered how much I hate ungrateful people –my attitude grew worse than a Pharisee!

But yesterday a spiritual mentor and I prayed about my attitude. This brother gave me a new perspective – a God perspective. He said some people have no gratitude for goodness received today and won’t realize how special that goodness is until it’s a memory.

Scripture tells us never to get tired of doing good – that we must continue to do good regardless of the response. Even when our goodness is not appreciated, we will be rewarded at the proper time. Our Lord promises a harvest when the act of goodness will be remembered and understood.

Perhaps you haven’t had a bad three weeks, but you probably know some ungrateful people through your job. Do not become tired. Do not hate them. Don’t give up! No, continue to do good regardless of the immediate response. Continue to do good regardless of how long the harvest takes. In His time, others will remember all the goodness received from you. At the proper time, you will reap that harvest!

Today at work, continue to do good regardless of how ungrateful others seem. Even before the harvest, you will glorify God and be blessed.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for renewing my heart so that I can keep doing good in my job while waiting patiently for Your harvest. It will come in Your proper time. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Death Row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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