God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
The past month, cold winter air has plagued everybody here with shocks every time we touch doorknobs — all doorknobs around here are metal, in a metal door, presumably to better conduct static electricity in the wintertime. Like the weather, static shocks have become an acceptable topic of conversation with total strangers. Now I cringe when reaching for a doorknob, but I also receive shocks pretty much anywhere else I encounter metal.