“I work so hard and no one notices.”
“I sweat the small stuff so other people don’t have to.”
“I take care of every last detail but no one cares.”
These are thoughts that have crossed our minds at one time or another, right? It can be apt in describing the early years of motherhood, when it is small task after small task, on repeat. Or maybe it describes your job. It could sound like your volunteer work, or the caregiving you provide. Sometimes you are in a season of responsibilities with little positive feedback and an unending to-do list.
When we serve God during these hard times in life, it is difficult to stay encouraged. Discouragement may poison our attitudes and cause resentment or bitterness. Even though the results of our service may seem fleeting and temporary, they are not. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV. “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
The unsung faithfulness of our service here on earth is a treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19–20.) We often forget that God is seeing what we are doing, and the motives that go along with it. While someone giving us encouragement is great, it’s not supposed to be our ultimate goal. We have the opportunity to serve the Lord by faith, that we are doing what we are supposed to do, for Him. As we continue with our unseen works, we can be encouraged that we are adding to our treasure in heaven.
Father, It can be so difficult to serve during the hard times, especially when we feel unseen. Thank you that You see us! May we serve You with eternity in mind. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.