I gotta admit– I do like appreciation from my co-workers. Who doesn’t?!
There are days when I do something really neat like get someone into a drug rehab or a homeless person into a shelter. I know, in my heart, that their lives are changed and back on a good trajectory. But, it is easy for the enemy to steal my joy.
There was a time when I would help someone, in the above ways, and I would be on cloud 9 for a day or two. But now– there are days, that unless a co-worker hears about it and comments– I actually feel like it is no big deal. My head tells me – “anyone could do that”, “its not that big of a deal”. And this is NOT true. But the enemy is vicious and relentless.
SO I have come to rely on one of the pastors to take note and say something kind about it.
In the Bible, Paul had every reason to be proud of the work he was doing. He did not ask for letters of commendation. In fact we have him instructing us not to look towards those things ourselves. (And that includes page views, comments, likes, reblogs.)
We are to let the fruit we bear be enough for others to be able to see what God is doing through our humble means. When we touch another person’s life that should be all we need. It will speak volumes.
We need not look for praise and outward signs of success. We do what we are called to do and let that be good enough for us.
Here are the verses where I am drawing this blog from:
2 Corinthians 3:1-6 New Living Translation
3 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! 2 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.
Until Next Time~