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Author Topic: Never Give Up!  (Read 4212 times)
artsymominnc
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« on: August 25, 2007, 07:24:06 PM »

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

Again, the young teacher read the note attached to the fresh green ivy: "Because  of the seeds you planted, we will one day grown into beautiful plants like this one.  We appreciate all you've done for us.  Thank you for investing time in our lives."

A smile widened on the teacher's face as grateful tears trickled down her cheeks.  Like the one leper who expressed gratitude to Jesus for healing him, the girls she had taught remembered to say thanks to their Sunday school teacher.  The ivy plant represented a gift of love.  For months the teacher faithfully watered the growing plant.  Each time she looked at it, she remembered those special teenagers and was encouraged to continue teaching.

But after a year, something happened.  The leaves began to drop--all but one.  She started to discard the ivy but decided instead to keep watering and fertilizing it.  One day, as she walked through the kitchen, the teacher noticed a new shoot on the plant.  A few days later, another leaf appeared, and then another.  Within a few months, the ivy was well on its way to becoming a healthy plant once again.

Henry Drummond says, "Do not think that nothing is happening because you do not see yourself grow, or hear the whir of the machinery.  All great things grow noiselessly."

Few joys exceed the blessings of faithfully investing time and love into the lives of others.  Never, never give up on those plants!

The garden is never dead; growth is always growing on, and growth can be seen, and seen with delight!  Canon Henry Ellacombe

taken from Quiet Moments with God for Mothers Honor Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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