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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

Reflect

A lot of good is done in December. We shop for gifts. We cook big, delicious meals for our families. We give to charities and go out of our way to show compassion and kindness to those around us. And by the time the holiday season ends, we are bone-weary.

But sharing love, kindness, and compassion shouldn't be a seasonal habit. Of all our reasons for inhabiting space on this planet, our highest calling, our most noble purpose is this: we were placed here to show love to other people.

Weariness never stems from living out our purpose. Rather. It seeps in when we get distracted from our purpose and pour our energy into things that don't elevate that calling. When we stay committed to our most virtuous reason for existence, we are energized.

That's not to say we won't need rest. It takes a lot of energy to pour ourselves out for other people. But when we understand our purpose of love and we cater our actions to that purpose, the weariness is the good, hard-night's sleep kind of weary. The stress, the anxiety, the depression that come when we don't live our purpose seems to dissipate when we continue doing good and living out our highest moral function: to love.

Pray

Dear Father, help me to live out my purpose today and every day. Teach me to love the way You love. Amen.