God Sees Your Effort
Even when no one else notices the work you’ve done, God does:
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. -Hebrews 6:10, NAB
It has been said that 20% of the parish does 80% of the work. That fact has been true for a long time, and I doubt anything will change it. There will be times when some of our greatest efforts and hardest work will go unnoticed and unappreciated by many. However, whether it is working tirelessly for a ministry, or devoting time to help a loved one, God sees your effort.
Often times, the work we do can be a thankless task. We may be recognized for some of our larger achievements, but generally speaking, our smaller everyday accomplishments will probably go unnoticed. Proof once more that working to receive praise from others is a foolish idea.
You may be devoting your weekends to caring for the homeless. You may be spending time taking care of the elderly. You may be putting in extra hours at the parish trying to help as many ministries as possible. With so many people in need, there is much work to be done.
Sometimes, just when we feel that we’re stretched as thin as humanly possible, people will ask us to help even more. Instead of a pat on the back for our hard work, we are asked to devote more time and energy. We may begin to feel unappreciated, burned out, and overwhelmed. Ultimately, we may lose the motivation to continue helping others.
Let God be your motivation. Realize that the work you do for others is work done on His behalf. As long as God sees your effort, nothing else really matters because, one day, He will say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21, NAB)”