“I have practiced and practiced and worked so hard for that position on the team. Coach didn’t seem to even notice! I’m sure he already had his mind made up. Why do I even try?”
“No matter what I do, my parents don’t seem to notice me. It doesn’t matter if I get straight A’s, if I’m the best athlete, if I have the best voice…it’s like I’m invisible.”
“I do so many things at my church. I clean up after events. I count the offering. I clean. I work in the nursery. No one notices. No one cares. Why don’t I get any acknowledgement for what I do?”
“My mother is old and sick. I spend hours taking care of her finances, doctor visits, insurance, and anything else she needs. And yet, all she can do is talk about how wonderful my sister is and how I should be more like her. Where is her gratitude for what I do?”
“Laundry. Cooking. Cleaning. Running errands. All I do is work, work, and work some more. No one in this house cares. They don’t notice when the house is spotless. They just come in and make another mess. What’s the point?”
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? Have you been in any of these situations? I have. I’m guessing all of you have as well. If not, I’m sure you can think of something similar.
Everyone wants validation. And, society tells us we deserve recognition. But, is that what the Bible says?
Colossians 3:23-24 (AMP)
23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
We are supposed to do our very best in everything we do. But, is it so that we can get the promotion, position, recognition, or acknowledgement of people?
Perhaps we will never receive the kind of praise we desire from other people. But, I can tell you with absolute certainty that God sees each and everything you do. Not one thing goes unnoticed. So don’t give up. Don’t become frustrated. Continue to work, with your goal being pleasing your Heavenly Father. If you focus on serving Him, you will find yourself becoming more and more content in your heart. People are just…people. They will always let you down. Don’t let your happiness depend on what someone else thinks of you.
No. You have the Creator of the Universe looking down on you. And, he thinks you shine like the stars!
1 John 3:1 (AMP)
3 See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are!
Colossians 3:17Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.