Originally Posted by Pablo Rafael
This verse means a lot to me. Sometimes I grow weary of doing what is right. It sometimes seems that I make no progress. I think also for those of us in the LGBT community that we see what forces are working against us, and it is easy to get discouraged. But we must not give up doing what is right, for God promises that good work will not be in vain.
When it comes to matters like these, it is almost necessary to think in expanded time frames. In a world filled with selfishness and greed, sorrow, and overwhelming need, doing what is right can appear futile, even counter to one's worldly success. But over decades, an accumulated lifetime, we create not only deeds that we have left behind, but our very character - and that we are left with. It is who we become by our choices - that person - who we must live with, indeed, live inside of. And after much time, we begin to see where we have been, where we are, and a general direction as to where future paths may go.
I see all manner of reason for optimism. While we are still facing some intransigent obstacles, we have come tremendously far for LGBT persons in just the last decade. We have much reason to hope.
The power of love works gently and slowly. Obstacles, violence, and hate work in swift catastrophic strokes. Given time and continued persistence, we will see healing and fruits of love. Always, throughout history, there have been those who have seen clearly and loved. We walk in their footsteps, and others will follow after us. That is much reason to take heart.