Stay on Course and Never Give Up Trying

Sometimes in nursing, we may have this wonderful thing we want to do for the good of mankind, the nursing assistants or our department managers. It may be to create a class of study, hold an informational conference, create a particular workbook or hold a retreat on compassion fatigue . . . and for some reason it just doesn’t seem to work out.

“Why Lord are you not helping me when it is such a good thing that I want to accomplish this task?”

King David must have felt the same way. In 2 Chronicles, we read the story of David’s son, Solomon, when, in praising God, he spoke to the people and said, “My father, David, had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.”

But the Lord said to my father David, “because it was in your heart to build a temple for my Name, you did well to have this in your heart. Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, who is your own flesh and blood – he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.” (2 Chronicles 6:7-9)

Remember when things just don’t work out and your intentions are for the best, God knows your heart and all will be well with your soul. His ways are not our ways nor can we possibly foresee what He knows is in our future.

It is our task to stay on course and never give up trying to do the right thing. Never get discouraged when someone else takes the reins on a project your heart was set upon to do. When their conference is sold out, their book is published ahead of yours or someone took your idea of healthy eating and created an in-house challenge on getting fit – don’t get discouraged. It is then our responsibility to help them and encourage them for the task at hand is for a purpose far greater than our own.

“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

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