Serving in the shadows can sometimes be lonely work. It can go unnoticed, ignored, or unheard. When the work you do matters and nobody sees, it’s a challenge. However, the internal rewards and motivation are not swayed by recognition or external praise. The work is what we would do no matter what. It is work that allows us to express love, hope, and value. It is the kind of work that can never be compensated. When nobody sees the work, the I cannot allow that to keep me from doing good.
I’m finding this life of serving to be arduous at worst and life changing at best. But to be honest with you, it’s humbling and heart exposing. Some service work take heart and soul while others take courage and grace or time and patience. What happens when nobody sees the ways of serving that take all of them – heart, courage, time, and patience? Do you cease to be you? Does your life pause? Do your dreams languish in the wait? Is your value and worth diminished? No! A thousand times no.We can show who we are by what we do in our service. #thelemonadestories Click To Tweet
For we who offer service as work, store up treasure the world can neither see nor access. We who serve in the ordinary, everyday mundane build invisible bonds that heal, restore, and dignify. It is holy work and not unseen by God. The efforts of our labor are not in vain. Our time spent in caring service is worth it because we are worth it. Just because human eyes do not always witness the good, hard work we do does not mean it doesn’t matter. I like to think we build invisible kingdoms founded on unconditional love when we serve without recognition.
As I continue to serve, I’m stretched in my capacity to love well. What I thought I could not do is no longer an impossibility. I find strength and perseverance growing and my faith rooting me deeper in hope. When nobody sees the work I do, I choose not to take it personal. Instead I choose to see the beauty, the unexpected gifts, and the satisfaction in my heart and soul. You can’t put a price tag on it.
Serving in the shadows is sacred work, and a place where we can express the depths of who we are. We see new ways to live our dreams as we serve. We can show who we are by what we do in our service. Let’s shift our perspective and see the beautiful things as we set our hands to serve with love. It’s what I’m choosing to do when life demands my service by throwing sour circumstances my way. When nobody sees the work, I’ll choose to keep doing good, to love others well.
This post is a part of my 31 Days of Writing challenge. It’s also the second half of the lemonade stories. There are more stories to tell and moments of when to live through. It’s all about taking the sour things of life and reframing them to find the sweetness of faith, hope, and resilience. I hope you’ll join me on this month-long journey. You’ll also find me sharing bits and pieces on my Twitterand IG accounts. I’d love to see you here, and you can also subscribe to my blog/newsletter here.