I have had the very great pleasure of belonging to Mark Lee's book club. For those that do not know, Mark Lee one of the guitarists in the band Third Day. The book club has been a godsend. I have a great love of books and reading, but of I had been having a difficult time finishing a book. I've been rather good at starting them all along. I'd almost quit reading, apart from articles and such online.
The very first book I tackled and completed was a rather easy to read but very profound book called "Praise Habit" by David Crowder.
Currently I am reading The Courage to Run by Jim Ryun. It is written in a daily devotional style. I did get a late start on the book as it took a while to find it and have it sent to me, so I am reading a number of days at a time. All that to say that I found a little bit of a gem on Day 15. The title of the inspirational piece is simply "Duty." Ryun writes of John Quincy Adams and how after losing his bid to be re-elected as president to Andrew Jackson , Mr. Adams went on to serve in Congress. Every day in Congress Adams delivered petitions calling for the abolition of slavery.
According to Ryun, "On day a newspaper reporter interviewed Adams. In the interview, the reporter asked if Adams ever grew discouraged in his battle against slavery. He looked at the reporter and simply said, "Duty is mine. The results are God's."
Sometimes we don't see the end result of what we are called to do. Adams never saw the end result or the abolition of slavery, but he did play a key role just the same. Somehow I find that thought quite encouraging.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
My blogs will not always be so "devotionally" oriented. :) But this was on my heart today, so I thought I'd post this as a reminder to myself.
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