‘Doing good’ usually calls for sacrifice.
I remember my own father. He did not earn a great salary but he provided for us. He would sacrifice so that we could get new clothes. He would wear his suits for many years and did not demand new clothes for himself but made every effort to ensure we had the clothes we needed. That is sacrifice.
Putting others first usually means putting yourself further down the line. Sacrifice is not our default attitude. Often the very aspect of ‘doing good’ is tied to the aspect of sacrifice.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:7 ‘Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,’
Over time this can become a drain and a tiresome aspect.
‘Doing good’ often runs against our nature.
We live in a selfish world. We live in a world of self-gratification. We want to meet our own needs and our own desires. The world is always telling us that we deserve it. So to embrace an outward focus runs contrary to the world’s systems. It is like swimming upstream or going against the flow. That can be a tiresome endeavor.
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