Never Give Up

By: Woody Godbey

The Bible say that Jesus was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. I love that verse and it can be found in Matthew 14:14.

It must have been at least 15 years ago when I heard the story of a backwoods-country woman in Florida named Effie Mae. Effie Mae received news that her son had been killed in the war. A short while after, she was seen hoeing in her garden.

One of Effie's neighbors said, “It just isn’t fitting,” she thought it was inappropriate to be gardening instead of grieving.

Effie Mae said to the neighbor, “I know you mean well, but Jim rejoiced to see green things growing because it meant that his mother and the young ones would be eating. This is his hoe, and when I’m hoeing I can almost feel his big, strong hands undermine and hear his voice saying, “That’s good, Mom, that’s good.’ Working is the only headstone I can give him.”
When Jesus was told of the death of John the Baptist He also suffered pain and grief, but it didn’t deter Him from His work. After a brief period of solitude (Matt. 14:13), His great compassion led Him to heal the sick and to feed the multitude of 5,000.

There may be someone reading this post who is suffering from a broken heart. Maybe your life seems empty and you feel like giving up. There is hope in the example of Jesus. What I am about to tell you will work if you put it to the test. The reason I know is because I've tried it. Start now and take- up whatever duties lie before you. This is important, dedicate them to God. Then refuse the luxury of self-pity. Self-pity will destroy you. The last step is to do something to lift the burdens of others. There it is in bole, Take-up, Dedicate, Refuse and Do! Remember how Jesus handled His sorrow; He’ll strengthen you to do the same.
God Bless!