• Kara Abernathy

Overlooked Work

It’s the end of the semester, and most of my students feel stressed and tired. They are eager for finals to pass and for winter break to start. Most teachers are right there with them!

There are seasons in our lives where we feel overworked and overlooked. Our efforts go unnoticed. We are quick to think we are under-appreciated. This is the natural result of comparison. We might notice that a co-worker or peer was praised for completing a similar job or task. We were not celebrated on social media. Our achievements weren’t praised. When we compare our own appreciation to that of others, we start to feel slighted.

Human appreciation is so temporary and shifting. People often overlook one another because we are so focused on ourselves that we fail to notice the efforts of the people around us.

God is different. He has room to see every action, notice every detail, and appreciate all the love we show each other.

Check out this assurance:

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb 6:10-12).

When we feel tired or overlooked, we must remember that God sees us. He is perfectly just. Not one action slips His vision. This passage helps us persevere in our efforts because the promise that God recognizes our work helps us have hope. God doesn’t want us to be lazy. He doesn’t want us to give up. He wants us to be imitators of those who practice faith.

So at the end of the semester, when I’m tired of grading papers, I will remember that God sees me. He sees me sitting at my desk with a green pen. He sees me teach. He sees me pouring over in concern for a student when it feels like I care more about his commitment to the class than he does.

God also sees my students. He sees their efforts. He sees the hours they spend studying. He sees the student who loves the peer whom others reject.

God doesn’t overlook you. Press on in your work. Press on in serving others.

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© 2019 Kara Abernathy

Disclaimer: my thoughts do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of my employer.