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I talk a lot about serving others and finding the joy that comes from doing so. What I don’t talk about is serving when you feel unappreciated.
There are many days that I wake up and seem to just go through the motions. During those days, I find everything begins to annoy me. I begin to combat negative thoughts about how no one seems to notice how much work goes into keeping our home clean or how much effort it takes to make sure everyone’s needs are met. This causes me to then go through moments when I feel overwhelmed, burnt-out, unappreciated and even a tad resentful.
If I were, to be honest, I would have to admit that this gets me discouraged and causes me to not want to serve, much less serve joyfully. I would also then have to admit that it is in those moments I am allowing my own selfish human nature to take over and that I was giving Satan control over my thoughts.
The fact is that no one may ever notice:
- Laundry being done.
- Dishes being cleaned.
- Floors being mopped.
- How hard a meal was to prepare.
- How late you stayed up to get everything accomplished.
But God does……..
He knows how hard we strive and work for Him to serve our family. The scary part is that He also knows the attitude we have while doing so.
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. Hebrews 6:10
He knows if we are seeking Earthy recognition or if we are only serving to please Him.
This is when we really have to decide who or what we are serving.
- God or our husband
- God or our children
- God or our friends
- God or our church
- God or our ministry
- God or the world
I know it is hard to look at it like this but it is a simple truth. We can only serve one.
Who are you serving? Could this be causing you to feel unappreciated?
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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