What to do when your actions aren't getting the results you want.

When we were kids my brother had a T-shirt that read “Virtue is it’s own punishment.”

I didn’t get the saying then, but now I know it’s a satirical slant on the saying, “Virtue is it’s own reward,” meaning that even if you aren’t rewarded for doing a good deed, the deed itself is reward enough.

Unfortunately, in the real world, virtuous actions and words are often ignored or even punished. It seems as if the unscrupulous are the ones who prosper.

Lately I’ve been trying to learn not to be discouraged when my work doesn’t bring the results I desire. Instead I’m focusing my attention and effort on doing the right things in the right way and leaving the results up to God.

I can’t control what others do; and there are so many factors outside of my control. Tormenting myself over things I can’t control is sideways energy, and it could keep me from doing the things I should be doing.

So, keep making the phone calls. Plan well. Don’t take shortcuts. Have another lunch meeting. Encourage that friend. Do the right things, and in time you will have the reward.

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  1. Thank you for this. It is especially helpful in the realm of finishing our parenting and homeschooling journey well. So many times the results are not immediate but we keep doing the next right thing, by God’s grace and in his strength, and look forward to the long term blessings. Galatians 6:9 living for sure

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