It’s a labor to…

It’s a labor to love the unlovable,
it’s a labor to forgive the unforgivable,
it’s a labor to be patient in an extremely impatient world,
it’s a labor to be kind to mean people,
it’s a labor to be gentle in an extremely harsh world,
it’s a labor to give in a world that’s all about taking,
it’s a labor to wait instead of trying to run ahead of God,
it’s a labor to be joyful when there’s a whole lot of suffering going on around you,
it’s a labor to remain pure in an extremely impure world,
it’s a labor to stay married in our culture,
it’s a labor to raise Godly children in our culture,
it’s a labor to stay loyal in a world where self-interests prevail,
it’s a labor to be humble in a culture that celebrates pride,
it’s a labor to be selfless in an extremely selfish world,
it’s a labor to be peaceful in the midst of a world full of turmoil,
it’s a labor to trust when all you’ve known is betrayal,
it’s a labor to be self-controlled in a self-indulged world,
it’s a labor to be hidden in obscurity and anonymity when everything in our world screams fame, and accolades and being out there, and being on social media,
it’s a labor to not lie, to not cheat, to not steal, to not gossip, to not slander.
It’s not easy; it’s a labor of love.
It’s a labor to maintain our spiritual disciplines in a world that says “just do whatever you want to do,”
it’s a labor to serve others and not be served,
it’s a labor to not get sucked into the lie of acquiring, accumulating and amassing,
it’s a labor to put people before things,
it’s a labor to put people before technology,
it’s a labor to put people before yourselves,
but God says,
“I invite you into the greatest work, the very work for which you were created. You are my workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared before you ever got here. It is a privilege and an honor to be a co-laborer with Christ Jesus, himself.”

An extremely inspiring quote from Christine Caine’s message “No One Ever Drowned In Sweat” at Celebration Church of Jacksonville. What an incredible blessing to be a co-laborer with God!

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