As a child, I had an all time favorite toy. A hula hoop. My friends and I would spend hours on the playground perfecting our techniques and seeing who could keep the hoop circling our waist the longest.
Over the summer, while at the park, I watched as children of all ages and sizes try their hardest to keep a hula hoop from falling to the ground. They twisted, twirled, shimmied, and turned with all their might, but despite their efforts the hoop always ended up on the ground.
Then I watched as a girl probably early teens, pick up the hoop and moved it smoothly and rhythmically up and down from her waist to her shoulders and back to her waist. The younger children were in awe. I admit, I was too. Her success depended on strategic movement, not vigorous motion.
In relation to our spiritual lives, we oftentimes spend way too much time and energy trying to keep up with others in our service to God. However, working ourselves to complete exhaustion is definitely not a virtue.
Whatever skills, talents, and gifts that have been granted us by God, are sufficient to get the purposes He has for our lives completed. He doesn’t need our frantic exertion or comparing ourselves to others to get it done. The only thing required is our quiet, steady, obedience.
Jesus wants our willingness, not our weariness. We may not actually be using a hula hoop in service, but lets all work with what God has given us, for His glory.
“Let us not grow weary while doing good.” Galatians 6:9