God is working in our lives, and it is reason enough to rejoice when we know God is working in other people’s lives. And if our work seems futile, don’t worry. I’ve felt sometimes “ministries” I’ve endeavored to pursue have flopped and been such a waste of time. Adoption for one. Everyday I feel like I messed it up. I didn’t trust God when we were in China. I struggled for so many months, not really believing good would come from this situation. I dealt with anxiety and depression convinced the future was full of heartache. I saw so many mistakes and it is tempting to forget the secret growth.
For the joy is found in a close relationship with God, not a successful work. The work God wants to do is very much a part of our inward (not just the outward). We can find joy right now because God is still working.
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