“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9
Doing the right thing consistently is hard, especially if no one else is doing it, especially if no one else is being held accountable for it, especially if a great number of people are flat-out rejecting it.
This is when doing the right thing can become a mental and physical burden. A person can hover between feeling like a hero and a fool. The toll increases when those who formerly followed the righteous path get tired and give in. When those who once provided sound advice and a degree of leadership throw up their hands and join the crowd, the only quickly becomes the lonely.
However, the concept of sowing and reaping is foundational to human character as well as agriculture. If a person plants quality seed in the ground and cares for it properly, the harvest will be great. Similarly, if a person lives by sound principles and cares for others properly, his or her personal harvest, and that for the community, will be great.
No matter what the rules are in football, never aim for an opponent’s knees. No matter what the rules are in baseball, never throw at an opponent’s head. Help those up who have fallen. Prop up the injured to keep them from falling. Sportsmanship is a principle, not a rule. It should not change for practicality or convenience or weariness.
Don’t get tired of doing the right thing. Rest. Re-energize. Never give up.