Maggie carried the groceries into her mother’s apartment and set them on the yellow counter. Yellow seemed like an odd color for a counter, but if it made her mother happy, so be it. She wondered if her mother was still napping in her room. She had to admit that the quiet was nice…actually, the time free of complaining was nice. Maggie stacked the can goods in the pantry with the labels in front knowing that it still wouldn’t be good enough. It’s not that she didn’t love her mother. It’s just that it seems no matter what she does, it doesn’t help her, and sometimes it seems worse for her mother.
“Maggie, is that you in the kitchen?” her mother’s voice called from the bedroom.
“Yes, Mother, I just returned from the store and I’m putting away the groceries.”
“Put them where I can find them.”
Stopping to hold her breathe a second before responding, “Yes, Mother.”
Sometimes it seems like we work and work to help people and serve God, but feel like we aren’t really helping or we’re not appreciated. But the truth is that everything we do for the Lord is noted and not forgotten. Human responses may or may not happen, and we can’t let that deter us. It is the Lord we serve in all we do. His response is all that matters.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the promise of not forgetting me. I know it is you that equips and gives opportunities of service. I praise you for inviting me to work with you in helping others. I pray that I keep my focus on what you are doing and not what I expect from others. Amen
Faith Tip: Where are you helping others and feeling unappreciated or like you’re not making a difference? The truth is that you are. God is with you and you should feel special when he chooses you to serve. Maybe today there will be a call for you. God will not forget about you.