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Not Giving Up
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NIV)
Some months ago I joined my local church’s prayer shawl ministry and began knitting and crocheting with a group of women. In the early stages of my work with the group, my first few rows would go well, but then I would drop stitches and end up with an uneven piece. As frustrating as it was, I had to undo my work and start over. In time, with practice and focus, I am becoming a better stitcher.
Following Jesus can be like my experiences with knitting and crocheting. As we seek to grow in our relationship with God, we deal with challenges, and we do not always get it right. This is nothing new for Christians. In today’s quoted verse, the apostle Paul encouraged the believers to continue to increase their faith in God, despite the challenges they faced. The Christian journey requires persistence. We do not always get it right, but we cannot give up.
I am now in my fifth month with the prayer shawl ministry. This new calling has proven to be very fulfilling. I meet new people with whom I share many things. Though I still drop stitches and sometimes have to start over, I produce beautiful pieces that help me minister to people I have never met. My faith journey and this ministry are ongoing, and I am not giving up.
See pictures of Claudine with her friend, Diana, here.
Claudine Glasgow-Brooks (Tennessee, USA)
Thought for the Day
Being faithful to God requires persistence.
Dear God, give us the strength to continue serving you even when we don’t get it right the first time. Amen.
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