In the handbook for Hope, there is a part that says… And remember that, whatever the outcome, our trustworthy God is in control and your call is to be faithful not “successful”
Does anyone else cringe at this? Yes, our trustworthy God is in control, and I am so joyful of that. But not to be successful? What????? I don’t know how everyone else grew up, but success was stressed in my childhood. Yes, your best effort should be put forth, but even in that, there should be some visible success.
So to sit at Jeff Street day in and day out, and, in most cases, not see any ”success” (by worldly standards) is discouraging. I put time and effort and love and work into these relationships. I want to see results. I want to see lives changed. Yes, for the most part, because I want better for them. But a small part of me needs to see that change for me to feel that my time here wasn’t wasted, that I am making a difference.
But God calls me to be faithful to His commands: to love as I am being loved and to show Christ in word and deed.
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galations 6:9
Yes, God’s word promises me that I will reap a harvest, not that I will get the harvest that I want or when I want it. I need to place my faith in stay faithful to God’s calling. My Father is in control, He knows exactly what’s going on. I need seek encouragement in knowing that I am obeying and following God, and not be discouraged with people who aren’t visibly changing. I am a seed-sower. I am having conversations with them that mean something, I am showing the spiritually poor that they mean the world to someone, that someone loves them so much than they have ever experienced or can even imagine. I am building relationships where, hopefully, they see Christ reflected in my words and actions.
I need to find encouragement in that. Not outward change, but knowing that God is proud of me for following Him and remaining faithful.