Do you feel unappreciated? Have you worked hard, put your whole heart into something, and nothing happens? Nobody notices and nothing changes. So you may think – why try?

Parents feel this way many times. I remember when Judy and I had our children all home we would work hard helping our children make right decisions. We talked, counseled, disciplined … repeat. And it seems it went in one ear and out the other too many times. 

We all feel frustrated with life at times. We try to do the right things but the bad things continue to happen. What can we do?

I don’t have all the answers, but one thing that has helped me is just keep doing good, even when it doesn’t seem to work, and eventually good comes around. It sometimes takes way too long, but you never regret doing right. 

Now that my children are parents themselves I’m amused at their frustration at their own children. I have to remind them that they were like that at one time and they turned out pretty good.  I am so glad we didn’t give up and continued helping them make right choices. Blessings come from doing the right thing for a long time.

It’s like a farmer. He plants his crops in the Spring and eventually, if the weather cooperates, he has a big harvest a few months later. But if you don’t plant you will never harvest. You must do good if you want good to come back to you. But you are guaranteed a harvest if the conditions are right.

This Sunday, August 4, I will be continuing a summer sermon series, The Grace of Giving. The message this week is “Give To Bless You” from 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. In this passage, Paul uses agriculture to encourage giving. If a farmer plants a lot of seeds he can expect a big crop, bigger than his investment of seeds. The harvest multiplies.

The Christian who gives can expect to receive many blessings from God. Unlike the farmer who has no control of the climate, we have control of the factors for a bumper crop of blessings. Our motives determine the return on our investment in God’s kingdom.

Giving out of duty or guilt is like hot, dry weather or too much rain on a corn field – low yield. But giving from gratitude, love and joy is like the right amount of sunshine and rain – our barns are full.

Our motive to give cannot be to receive – that’s a selfish motive. But receiving God’s blessing is one of the benefits of giving joyfully. 

Go from feeling frustrated and unappreciated every day to having your life full of joy and blessings without changing jobs or your family.

Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

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