Herald Journal Columns
Jan. 27, 2003
Pastor's Column

Are you tired from the holidays?

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Any of you coming out of exhaustion after the holidays?

It is very natural and easy to take part in a bit too much activity and feel a real let down after the company goes home and the normal daily routine is reestablished.

However, there is another kind of "tired" that periodically creeps into my life.

It could be part of reaching the ripe old age of 45 now and thinking about the dreams and goals I had when I first started out in the ministry.

I had hopes of seeing a continuous stream of people that would be convicted by God's law that they were sinful and were in need of Jesus' sacrifice for them as their salvation.

I had hoped to be part of observing these same ones wanting to grow in studying God's Word and becoming mature in their faith.

What I am finding out in the past years is that a soul being convicted of sin and transferring their trust to Jesus and being converted is getting to be somewhat of an "endangered species." I have found that this gap between dreams and reality can cause a "spiritual" tiredness to set in.

The other morning as I was reading through the book of II Thessalonians, I came to chapter 3 verse 13 ­ "And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right."

Maybe there are some of you that need that encouragement which I needed that morning. If what you are doing is "right" as compared to God's word, then keep on doing it, regardless of how you feel.

God desires us who know Him as our Savior to be faithful to share Him in this world and leave the results to Him.

Sir Winston Churchill once addressed a class of graduates with these words as the sum total of his speech: "Never give up. Never, never, never."

Jesus says to you who know Him and are serving Him, "Never, never, never tire of doing what is right."


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