As I sit here to write this, my body is worn out and my mind is fried. It is the first time I have sat down all day. I was up at 4am getting my husband out the door for work, getting myself ready, doing my daily devotions, then the kids were up and I have been cooking (three meals and a nice dessert mind you), teaching, cleaning and play referee since. My daughter complained about my dinner (she is picky and complains about anything that is not pasta). My son spilled tea on the counter top I had just washed. The piles of laundry I lovingly folded were tossed into the drawers and now will need ironed. The blankets I just folded and put away are already all over the living room (even though the house is quite warm today!). And let me tell you this is a typical day. But today I feel drained. I feel tired. I feel over worked. And I feel very much under appreciated. After cleaning up the dinner mess, I was very tempted to go into my bedroom, lock the door and have myself a good ole pity party until I fell asleep.
So why did I feel so under appreciate today? Because I was being selfish and wanted my family to notice all I did and say thanks. I did get some thank yous for the chocolate cake of course and even one or two for dinner. But it wasn’t enough, I wanted more. I should have been doing these things as I was doing them for God and it wouldn’t have mattered what anyone else said or did. Now don’t get me wrong, it is not wrong to want a thank you once in a while. And we, of course, should always appreciate and thank others. But if we are only doing things for others approval, we will never be fully satisfied.
Everything you do, do it for God. Do it with a joyful heart. As much as we love our family’s approval and appreciation, we should desire God’s more.
By: Jenifer – Sharing encouragement with Sweet Blessings