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Others may not notice, but God does

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Don't let others determine your level of joy

By Shirley Jones

“If … you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42

Two simple words, but oh how much they mean; “Thank you.” Has it been a long time since you heard them? You do so much for others now you just want a little appreciation in return. But there doesn’t seem to be any coming.

Others may fail to thank you, but know this — your heavenly father appreciates all you do and all you are. And he has put you exactly where he needs you. You’re fulfilling his purpose every day. Once you accept that, you’ll find joy and meaning in everything you do. He is the reason — others are just the beneficiaries.

Don’t let somebody else’s response decide the level of your joy. They may not notice, but God does. He records and he rewards. Count on it. “He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love.” Hebrews 6:10.

If you feel unappreciated today, stop and read these words carefully. “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.” Colossians 3:17. That’s it — do it for him.

Why don’t you pray this prayer? “Lord, all that I do today, I do for you. I know that you appreciate me — look at all the blessings you’ve given me. So I will praise and honor you throughout this day by my thoughts, my words and my actions. Amen.”