Have you ever poured out all the gory details of your heart to someone? And, you get a blank stare…
Or, shown up with an amazing gift for a friend? Yet, they don’t say thank you…
Maybe you were thoughtful and intentional? And no one notices…
Patient and kind? You get no appreciation…
What do you do — when what you do is not recognized?
As a mom, I pour out a lot, yet my kids aren’t knocking down my door to say thank you. As a wife, I try to give a lot, but moments pass and it seems ordinary. I always want to bless people, but I’m not sure how much they notice.
These feelings of doing and not being seen make me ask myself — who am I doing it for anyway? God or man?
And, what’s my goal? Getting recognized by man or giving thanks to God for ALL He has done for me?
Sometimes, I seek the applause of man.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10)
One cannot serve two masters. To please man is to lose complete servanthood to Christ. This convicts me. I don’t want to gain man’s credit at the expense of God’s pleasure. I want to bring my Father overwhelming joy, all the time!
What about you?
Prayer: Father, thank you that you have withheld man’s praises in my life. I see that you do this for my good. I see that, in this place, I am reminded to put all my trust in you. Man cannot give me what you give. Man’s praise is fleeting, while your love and rewards are eternal. I thank you that serving you is the best gift of my life. May all I do be a living testimony unto your glory. You are amazing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Think: How is God practically calling you to depend on His pleasure rather than man’s approval? He will give you the grace to walk this out!
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Just happened to me on Easter – fixed big meal and my family failed to show up for various reasons. I was hurt hurt hurt and told the Lord. But what came out of my Spirit was the HIS love is sufficient and HE calmed my hurt heart and gave me Peace that surpasses all understanding?❤️?