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Posted: April 25, 2013 5:21 p.m.

McCOY: Don't get tired of doing good

I pray that your love will keep on growing and that you will fully know and understand how to make the right choices. Then you will still be pure and innocent when Christ returns. And until that day, Jesus Christ will keep you busy doing good deeds that bring glory and praise to God.

Philippians 1:9-11
(Contemporary
English Version)

“I tired too, Mommy!” My young son’s words said it all. After a day of errands, volunteering at the church, a day of preschool for him, running errands, and helping others, we were both just tuckered out.

Sometimes we just get tired, and spring fever doesn’t make it any easier. We all just get tired sometimes.

Kids are tired of school. Parents are tired of getting kids going in the mornings for school. Adults are tired of going to work day after day.

We even get tired of the daily routine of “What’s for supper?” We all get tired sometimes.

And just in case you have the temptation to think that people who “do good” all the time don’t get tired, just sit and have a chat with your favorite pastor.

I’m sure you will hear that while we love what we do, sometimes we just get tired because there’s so much to be done!

And then there are those who battle long-term illnesses.

I am convinced that most people do not know the meaning of the word tired until we deal with a loved one with a long-term illness. When you are the sole caregiver, you need a support for yourself because there are days when you are just plain tired.

Tonight, we will have the chance to get good and tired in memory of those we have lost to cancer and in honor of those whose daily struggle is a life with cancer.

We will become tired so that a cure for cancer can be found, and those facing a battle with cancer will be more likely to have a chance to just rest without the worry of facing every day with this disease.

Relay for Life is one way that we as a faith community can reach out to those in need.

The American Cancer Society not only promotes research, but it also provides help for those battling cancer. Relay for Life is one way that we can continue to “do good” for those who suffer from cancer.

Another way we can support those battling cancer is to pray for them. Our prayers support them in times when it might be difficult for them to pray.

Our encouraging words and prayers of support give them strength to face the disease because they know they are not alone.

We are the hands and feet of Christ when we encourage those who face long-term illnesses, when we sit with someone for an hour so that a caregiver can have a much needed break, and when we lift others up in prayer.
Hear these words of encouragement: “Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

John Wesley said it this way: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
Don’t get tired of doing good. Be encouraged that the good you do can make a difference.
See you at Relay for Life tonight!

Rev. Jan McCoy is the associate pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church in downtown Covington. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@ngumc.net.

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