“I have two teachers that I really want to keep in touch with.”

This was a statement made to an administrator by one of my World Religions students who recently graduated from Whitworth University. It is encouraging to me that of all the teachers she had during her undergraduate program, I was one that she singled out.

I also received an encouragement from Ghana this week. One of the participants in a training event I led in Tamale last June asked me to review a business plan he wrote. He is implementing the things we taught a year later!

To be honest, it is difficult for me to even remember the class and workshop that impacted these people. They seem like a long time ago. Nevertheless, the investment is still bearing fruit. These two anecdotal glimpses into the results of what I did last year encourages me to press on this year.

At least in this life, we will not know the full impact of our lives. Sometimes, words of encouragement are few and far between. However, we must press on in our struggle to do good and to add value to the world around us. We follow the example of Christ and his disciples who have gone before us in giving ourselves for the betterment of others.

The Apostle Paul knew this self-sacrificing was not easy. However, he exhorts us,

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, …” Galatians 6:9

Whether or not we are aware of our positive contributions, we should continue serving others. However, when we do hear encouraging words like I experienced this week, let us be grateful. I am grateful!