Nobody appreciates me

I’m tired of doing all the grunt work. There. I’ve said it. I’m not proud of complaining like this, Lord, but that’s how I feel right now. It’s not so much that I resent the beautiful people who are out front. I just wish that my humbler contributions would get noticed once in a while. Is that too much to ask? Why am I so invisible? Doesn’t anybody see any value in my work?

It’s not that I’m not willing to work. It’s not that I’m lazy—you see that, right? It’s not even that I think I’m too good to do humble chores. I just feel like I’m being taken advantage of. Lord, could you please let people notice me a little bit? I don’t have to be the star, but couldn’t I at least be made to feel like part of the team?

In the meantime, I want you to know that I get a great deal of comfort from knowing that your eyes are everywhere. I know that even when nobody notices me, you do. You told me that once: “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous” (Psalm 34:15).

Lord, maybe I will get noticed and thanked today, and maybe I won’t. But ultimately I care more for your approval than other people’s. It is enough for me that you see me and smile.

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.


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