Overworked and Underappreciated?

man working hardA pastor friend serves a congregation in an isolated corner of northern Canada. For almost twenty years, he’s delivered godly care, well-researched messages and inspiring Bible studies to his little flock, while employed full-time.

His pastoral salary hovers around zero. Words of appreciation are few. Yet the lamp in his study shines late into the night as he prays for inspiration and pours over Bible commentaries preparing sermons for Sunday. For all this work, he may see only a half-dozen at Sunday service.

As the town loses its mills and jobs, this pastor’s congregation dwindles. But he continues on the path of excellence. He does it for the few who will benefit from his toil. But more than that, he does it because God is listening to his sermons and Bible studies.

In the end, what we do for people matters less than what we do for God.

Are you underappreciated? Are you labouring on a project or in a job that yields little thanks?

People may overlook your talents and disregard your input . . . but God doesn’t.

Keep investing your time and gifts. Do it in the name of Jesus to bring praise to the Father. Whether in prison like Paul, in danger like Peter or unnoticed like my pastor friend, we keep on because there’s much more to life than temporary appreciation.

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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9 Responses to Overworked and Underappreciated?

  1. Mary Haskett says:

    This sounds very much like a pastor I know who at one time served as music pastor in the large church I attended. He preached marvellous sermons , produced children’s musicals as well as adult ones. He also ministered to seniors. Recently I had the privilege to speak in his tiny church in a corner of Quebec. He maintains the same standard in all he does, even though he is well past retirement. He & his wife soldier on for Jesus. The weekend I was with them we went to the seniors resident and I helped them push residents in wheelchairs to the lounge area for a hymn sing and prayers. God bless them both.

  2. vanyieck says:

    In ministry, the measure of success or failure is determined by our obedience, not the size of our churches.

  3. Sounds familiar. Thank you Rose. I needed that right now

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