Today’s verse is one that brings much comfort. It can be easy to feel overlooked and unappreciated at times.
This can happen in the workplace, at home, and even at church–in those places where we try to help and give the most of ourselves– and that can hurt.
We then have to take a step back and examine a few things.
Sometimes it is worth asking ourselves:
- What is at the heart of what I am feeling?
- Why am I now feeling this way?
I’ve been a bit quiet lately and part of that is a combination of me not feeling well and living life on life’s terms and the other part is me just taking a moment to talk less and really listen.
Listen to what God is saying to me in light my current thoughts and feelings in order to process these feelings with a higher level of Emotional Intelligence. (That’s a personal goal for 2017).
If we were really honest with ourselves– we’d admit that we feel this way because the love we extended (through our work/relationships/working relationships) is not being appreciated or reciprocated. Sometimes, there is truth in this evaluation and other times there is a flawed expectation that we created in our own minds (I’ll stop there before I go into full-out Social Worker mode 🙂 ).
Whatever the case, when we are working or laboring and doing it with our heart, that makes us vulnerable in ways that we don’t often realize– sometimes until that vulnerability has opened our hearts to hurt/bitterness/offense.
But God doesn’t forget. He sees our work and he knows our hearts. He remembers. He honors those sacrifices and restores those hurting parts of our hearts. He is a just God.
We have to trust Him. To continue to honor our relationship with Him above ALL OTHERS and to be patient with the process until we see the fulfillment of His promises.
We have a good father who has promised to never leave nor forsake us. These experiences may hurt; but, what if, the Lord is using these things to help us grow up? To mature us for a future that He has planned for us. What if these disappointments and moments of being overlooked are the EXACT THINGS that will usher us into our promises?
We know that ALL things work together for our good;
We know that we will have moments of weariness when we are doing good works;
And we know that God is sovereign.
These are just 3 (of MANY) reasons to trust Him and know that we will see the promise in Hebrews 6:10 come to pass.
Don’t overlook the end of the verse, “As you STILL do.”
That also stood out to me this morning. Even when you feel overlooked, misunderstood or even unappreciated– KEEP SERVING. God is not going to forget or overlook the love you show as you CONTINUE to do the work.
KEEP GOING. God is on your side!
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 ESV