You Never Know

You never know when someone observed an act or heard a message or allowed a seed planted in his or her heart to grow. You may go for years thinking that you have failed to reach or touch someone you love, only to find that your love and efforts have made a difference.
When should we quit praying for the lost? Never. When should we decide that someone will never come to know the truth? Never. When should we give up on the wayward? Never. When should we quit reaching out to others? Never. You never know.
God works when we sleep (Mark 4:26-29). The events of this life can touch people in ways that we never imagined. We must not lose heart that God is able to open doors for the Word in ways we don’t understand (Acts 14:27). Rather than trust only what we see, let us trust God to work his will in this world.
You never know when you forgive another what good may come from it. You never know when you give another a second chance or go a second mile what opportunity for good may arise. You never know when you hold your tongue from evil what door you may keep open for another time.
You never know how a call or a card or an encouraging word may lift a spirit, may give a little hope, or may comfort a broken heart.
You just never know. But we can know one thing: every good thing we do makes a difference to someone. Our labor for the Lord is never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). It may not change a life, but it could change an attitude. It may not reach a soul, but it could move that person a little closer to the Lord.
Paul said, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9). It is easy to assume that because nothing visibly is happening, that nothing is happening at all. It may be the case that something marvelous is happening, but we don’t know it yet. Some things take time. Let us work for good and be patient. Let us not grow weary of doing good.

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