Don’t Give Up!
April 15, 2010
I was working with a child in their home this past week. We were all crowded in the bathroom as his mother showed me his reward system for having a dry diaper, and then his big reward for using the potty. She admitted that he doesn’t seem to understand why he gets rewarded or not. Her son has Autism, and like many of the kids we are struggling to potty-train, he hasn’t been a toddler for awhile. I can’t imagine the parent’s struggle. There are very few skills we try to teach our kids at work, where we haven’t seen some sort of progress. It’s when we can’t see the fruit of our labor that we get a little weary.
This isn’t just true for teaching kids with Autism. Anytime we invest ourselves in something, we can tire if the benefits are unapparent. I’m sure you can think of some examples in your own life. Maybe you are trying to feed your family healthier food, but someone is still struggling with health issues. Maybe you’ve made changes around the house that help the environment but the people around you seem to be wasting more than ever. Maybe you are struggling to make ends meet and everything you’ve sacrificed to save money hasn’t saved you from debt.
In the bathroom, where these parent’s were going through the motions of potty training but not making any headway with their child, there was a scripture on the wall that really warmed my heart:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9