Be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." (1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT)
Adoniram Judson spent 12 years in Burma without a convert. So the board sent him a very diplomatic letter, suggesting that he should come home. They asked him what the prospects in Burma were for the future. His reply was, "The future is as bright as the promises of God." His confidence in God was the reason he could stay. Although he suffered a great deal and it took a long time for revival to break out, it finally did.
Are you in a place of discouragement right now? Does it seem like you are getting nowhere in your life? Does your job lack fulfillment? Does there seem no fruit for your ministry?
"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up." (Galatians 6:9, NLT)