I'm all for being an encouragement to others and when I found this I wanted to share it because I know that as a Christian we all get discouraged sometimes when it comes to serving the Lord.
Sometimes we get discouraged because what we're doing for the Lord seems unsuccessful. The children in the Sunday School class we teach are restless and inattentive. The neighbors we are trying to reach with the Gospel are politely indifferent. The members of our own family are far from the Lord. The world we lift up to God in fervent intercession grows increasingly violent and anti- Christian. All of this can add up to deep soul- discouragement.
Listen to the words of a Salvadoran clergyman who was murdered for his fearless denunciation of violence and injustice. He wrote: "We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise... we cannot do everything, and there's a sense of liberation in realizing that." This attitude helps us to do the small things and leave "an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest."
The Apostle Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (kjv) "I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God giveth the increase."
Don't allow discouragement to cause you to quit. In God's own time our work will bear fruit, just be faithful right where the Lord has you.
" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer