According to legend, the devil once sponsored a tool sale. When shoppers came to the event, they were attracted by a uniquely shaped tool. It was labeled NOT FOR SALE. When asked, the devil explained why this special tool was not available.

“I can successfully operate without any other tool. I would experience certain failure without this tool. It’s the most important implement I have. It’s called ‘discouragement.’ With this tool I can work my way into any circumstance. When this is working in a worker’s mind, the way is open to introduce anything else I can devise.”

Paul, the noted historian, author, administrator, and preacher of the first century A.D., gave great and encouraging advice. In his second letter to his friends and followers at the church he established in Thessalonica, he communicated the following: “Don’t become weary or lose heart in doing right, but continue in well-doing without wavering,” 2 Thessalonians 3:13.

Scholars say the words “doing right” have the meaning of doing honest work. Paul also stated in his letter to another church he established in Galatia, “Do not allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the harvest you planted is coming,” Galatians 6:9.

It’s always time to do the right thing … and make the “place” better. There is “hope that helps” for those who don’t quit!

The Rev. Paul Killingsworth serves as pastor at Yuma First Assembly.

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