God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” Romans 2:6
I first saw this photo of a boy playing his flute to a cat in Facebook. I love everything in this image; I also like the caption that went with it—“The size of your audience doesn´t matter, keep up the good work.” —that I reposted it on my Facebook wall.
The boy was clearly not bothered that no one was watching and listening to him saved the sweet, “nameless” kitten.
But the kitten enjoyed his music; it sat there on the pavement intently watching him play his instrument, and that´s all that mattered to him. He made the kitten happy, and even if all he got were probably an amused innocent face and a couple of adorable winks from the cat, not even a clap, it didn´t stop him from doing something good.
What a lesson I learned from the boy.
Sometimes we feel discouraged if nobody appreciates the good things we do.
We are hurt if the receiver is unable to see the value of our gift. We are disappointed if all we reap from our efforts and sacrifices are a cold shrug and ingratitude.
We scream, “It´s unfair!” And the world simply dismisses our whining with, “Life is unfair.”
And because we don´t get as much rewards or recognition as we deserve, we stop doing good if we´re not getting anything from it. We stop helping if we know that someone won´t be able to help us back.
Or because we´ve experienced helping an ungrateful person who didn´t only turn her back on us but also step over us, bragged and even bit us, we no longer want to repeat the experience so we stop helping others.
If we are to serve the Lord, why not make it grander and greater? So we become unhappy if we´re appointed to serve by doing simple noble things, we rather serve by being appointed to higher positions. We may not enjoy working behind the scenes where nobody see us, for we rather be right there in the middle of attention and applause.
Does God still want us to do good even if nobody is watching, nobody is clapping and no rewards are waiting?
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How many brave men who sacrificed their very own lives so we can enjoy freedom and safety are buried unknown and unrecognized? How many unsung heroes who make this world a better place quietly go to work every day unrewarded?
How many times did you find yourself asking, what are these sacrifices all for?
Yes, the world cannot give us the attention, appreciation and rewards that we deserve for doing good, but God who is in Heaven sees everything. He records every good deed we do; in His eyes we are never unnoticed.
So we have to keep doing good whether or not we have a small or big audience, or even if we have no audience at all, for God will repay every good thing we do.
It doesn´t matter if the world does not recognize us, what matters is, God appreciates our good works. Let us keep doing good and let us continue serving the Lord with a cheerful heart.
Ponder: What good thing can I do today?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for reminding me that if the world forgets the good things I do, You Don´t. Thank you too for the promise that You will repay me according to what I have done. I will continue to do good for Your glory without coveting rewards from this world. Amen.
Photo credit: petr-kargin