“Do Not Grow Weary”
Sometimes you call it setbacks. Sometimes you call it hurdles. Sometimes dry seasons. Regardless of the name, you feel like there are weeks or months or even years where you just aren’t moving forward. To be honest, that is how I feel about our last quarter. Now understand we still had two Units where the PROMISE curriculum was taught. We not only had a Movie Day, but a small group discussion one month and a guest speaker another. Bryan Hensley shared a moving story of how he should be dead, but instead is now speaking in schools across the state. But I wanted more. I wanted a third Unit to have two Good Men committed to it. I wanted two Good Men committed to WestCare where one volunteer had already invested two months. I wanted a potential volunteer to get approved by the Georgia DJJ. I did not get what I wanted.
This gap between where we are and where we should be has caused me to blame a great deal. I don’t blame the State or this broken world or even the darkness we battle daily. I blame the only person whom I can change, me. I have combed over schedules and emails and To-Do lists. But change is not brought about by what we should have done.
That means I have to look ahead to this quarter. We have already begun two MAN UP University gatherings on the Augusta YDC campus. We will be present through the end of 2014, with Bible Discussion groups taking place the last month. We will have a curriculum calendar in place for 2015 so everyone involved will know where we are headed. We will also have our last Movie Day in November (with the Christmas Fellowship in December) so that we can transition to a unit-by-unit focus. We know from experience that the smaller the focus, the deeper the impact we will make. During this all, I will be seeking out Good Men.
Galatians 6:9 in The Message version reads: “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing well. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”
I know we often quote this verse concerning burnout. People doing more than they are purposed to do, which leads to relying on your own strength, vs. living in our purpose, which is continuous because we lean solely on His. But the next line is a promise and a reminder. There is a right time.
What I want to accomplish, what Full Circle hopes to accomplish is often based on our time. We have a certain goal needing to be reached by a certain date. What that doesn’t happen (last quarter-for me), we (Christians) want to quit. We cannot forget though that if we don’t, if we keep going day after day, then the harvest will come. We must “not grow weary.”
denting the darkness,
Aaron and Tiffany Snow –Juvenile Institution Ministry Volunteer Coordinators