So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NRSV)
John Wesley, a pastor in the 1700's in Great Britain, was one person who discovered that success comes from not giving up. Let me read some excerpts from his diary:
Sunday, A.M., May 5 Preached in St. Anne's. Was asked not to come back anymore.
Sunday, P.M., May 5 Preached in St. John's. Deacons said, "Get out and stay out."
Sunday, A.M., May 12 Preached in St. Jude's. Can't go back there, either.
Sunday, A.M., May 19 Preached in St. Somebody Else's. Deacons called special meeting and said I couldn't return.
Sunday, P.M., May 19 Preached on street. Kicked off street.
Sunday, A.M., May 26 Preached in meadow. Chased out of meadow as bull was turned loose during service.
Sunday, A.M., June 2 Preached out at the edge of town. Kicked off the highway.
Sunday, P.M., June 2 Afternoon, preached in a pasture. TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE CAME OUT TO HEAR ME.
Don't give up on sharing the Good News!
God of hope, don't let me give up. In Jesus name, Amen.
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