Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Galatians 6: 9


The idea of “due time” is a hard concept to grasp, and it is even harder to wait it out. It is particularly difficult when it is someone else who is due and when it is my time clock that is ticking. Yet, I think that this is a big part of the point that Paul is making, for he had a very special and totally real grasp on the differences between human internal clocks and God’s eternal clock. Christ was willing to out wait Paul’s stubborn heart. Then Christ taught Paul how to view his interactions with others from a perspective wherein he no longer needed to be responsible for the results. This is a difference in viewpoint that changes lives.


We invest in people by giving them our time, understanding, tangible gifts, love, and our view of God’s wisdom and truth, and sometimes these people respond in ways that are amazing and transformative for them. There are other times when the investment seems futile or when the person simply rejects the effort to care for and about them. Yet, people aren’t like a poorly performing mutual fund; we don’t get to just change our investment to a different portfolio and go on with life. When we are involved with people, we can seek the wisdom of Christ’s Spirit first; then, we need to react to what He says to us, and we need to be brave enough to always tell others the truth as God reveals it.


The Lord may tell us to change our approach with someone, or He may lead us to simply continue to care about them and to provide a safe place where truth can be heard. Every person is different, and each situation is unique. However, there is one constant in all of this messy business of becoming involved with people’s lives, and that is that God is a shepherd who never stops seeking to save each of His sheep. He is the unending source of all of the strength, courage, wisdom, and grace that I will need to answer Christ’s call and to join Him in that quest.