I love this translation of Galatians 6:9 because it highlights something very real: caring for others, doing what is right, and trying to follow Jesus is tiring. It saps our will and our energy. It’s hard to turn the other cheek, and going the extra mile burns a lot of calories. It’s emotionally draining to not blow up at others in anger and treat them as you would want to be treated, at least for a lot of us. But it’s worth saying at the end of the day that it was worth it to do what it good. It’s worth it to be kind, to help others in their weakness, to admit our own weaknesses, to enter into real relationship with others instead of just performing surface interactions.
Yes, it’s tiring to be a Christian, but Paul reminds us that we will reap what we sow. So keep doing good, don’t give up, and know that it’s not just your own energy that you rely on, but the energy of the Holy Spirit living within you that sustains you in doing what is right. Take care of yourself, and keep relying on God to show you the way to keep serving God and the world.