Unnoticed and Unappreciated…have you ever felt like that?.. I started writing this in my journal then decided to share it with you.
So maybe you’re here reading this and you’ve really been working on a particular area of growth. Someone talked to you about it and because of your desire to become more like Christ, you said in your heart…I’m going to work on that…and with the help of God you have been.
But the person who spoke to you about it doesn’t seem to notice….in fact, now they’re harping about something else. And maybe you’ve been working hard at a project at home and you want to glorify God by doing your work with excellence. But they are scoffing at your intent because you are not slaving away for them.With these examples, it’s hard not to conclude that there’s no use to working at change, because it’s not going to be noticed, or it’s not going to be appreciated.
I’m asking you to think about situations where your effort seems to be unnoticed and unappreciated. What does it feel like when you think you’re being treated that way, and how does it affect your relationship with that person? Would you agree with me—it hurts, and it puts a real distance between you and them? You don’t want to talk to them….you don’t want to trust them….you certainly are going to struggle with giving any more effort to them.
When a person will not notice your efforts, will not acknowledge your efforts, will not appreciate your efforts, will not reward your efforts….it’s hard to keep going in the right direction for any of us.
2 Corinthians 12:10 tells us, ‘For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ … What does this even mean?
Sometimes God sends troubles to teach us to pray; to hit our knees and genuinely ask for guidance. Though God accepts the prayer of faith, he does not always give what is asked: for as he sometimes grants in wrath, so he sometimes denies in love.
When God does not take away our troubles and temptations, yet, if he gives grace enough for us, we have no reason to complain. Grace signifies the good-will of God towards us, and that is enough to enlighten and enliven us, sufficient to strengthen and comfort in all afflictions and distresses. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thus his grace is manifested and magnified.
When we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; when we feel that we are weak in ourselves, then we go to Christ, receive strength from him, and enjoy the strength and grace he gives us to make it through our days. Because it doesn’t matter that your coworkers and family do not appreciate you, it matters that you do all for the glory of God. You are not undervalued by him. You are precious in his eyes.
God Bless you.