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PastorĀ Neal Dearyan
Senior Pastor – Chili Crossroads Bible Church, Fresno, Ohio

Today’s Scripture: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. GalatiansĀ 6:9

Our Christmas music practice went great, but more space was obviously needed on the stage. It was time to get the extra choir risers out of storage.

There is a kind lady in the church who allows us to store church stuff in an old barn about a mile from the church. We store extra choir risers there that we use for special events. Each choir riser section weighs about 200 pounds.

I realized our next practice was coming up quickly, and all the younger guys in the church were working. So I hooked up my 5’x8′ trailer to the hitch on my 2002 Chevy Impala and headed up to the barn by myself. It had snowed about 5 inches the night before. The roads were iffy but passable.

I sweated and tugged. Pushed and pulled. Finally, I had some of the heavy 4’x8′ risers on the trailer. Then I unloaded them at church. I then used a ratchet strap to secure cardboard to the bottom so I could drag them into the church and onto the stage without hurting the carpet. It turned out I brought too many risers…so back to the barn I went to store the ones we didn’t need. By the time everything was done, a few hours had passed, and I was exhausted.

The effort paid off for me when the kids sang their heart out in practice that night. Dragging the rest of those heavy risers back to the barn after the performance had a special satisfaction because I knew that many people heard the gospel simply and clearly. God used those kids standing on those risers to soften many hearts through music.

I was weary while doing well. It’s a tried and true saying that we will be weary in the work but not of the work. Let’s keep pushing forward for the Lord before the rapture. By God’s grace and with determination to work hard, let’s see as many saved before the rapture as possible. Keep in mind that some of them may be saved as a result of you wrestling big, awkward risers onto a trailer by yourself.