Some occupations are seen by all. The job requires gaining public opinion, living in the limelight, and convincing people of a better way. These roles gain constant accolades and criticism alike. The recognition is wonderful when people agree, and not so great when they don’t.

Other jobs however are seen by few. Every institution requires many workers who do their jobs diligently and faithfully behind the scenes. Moms spend night after night caring for crying babies with no one truly being aware of their sacrifice and exhaustion. Soldiers spend countless lonely days away from loved ones while their country celebrates its freedom with patriotic holidays and backyard barbecues. Health care workers spend hours attempting to keep a person alive only to then have to utter the words, “I’m so sorry for your loss.”

Could these illustrations be modern-day examples of what Paul is talking about in 1 Corinthians 9? The analogy breaks down when we consider the latter two examples do receive a monetary reward. Yet, the heart of the passage, and the examples listed above state that love requires sacrifice. Paul was so convinced of his calling and his passion to share the gospel was so great he didn’t want anything to get in the way; whether support or perception. He was willing to sacrifice at all costs.

Matthew 6 talks about practicing righteousness in secret. If our passion to serve the Lord through serving others is genuine, we don’t need the praise of man. Verse 6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Our heavenly Father sees our acts of love that only we know about, and the joy of knowing we are being obedient to our Lord transcends any earthly compensation.

So, moms, keep loving your little ones and do it with all the energy you can muster. Your tender care will help them grow up to be kind, confident adults, convinced they are loved. Soldiers, your sacrifice goes beyond what most people can fully comprehend. Serve with passion and tenacity knowing your Savior sees you and he totally gets it! Health Care Workers, your love and compassion may be the only hope a hurting person may experience in their darkest hours. Keep caring and do so with the compassionate heart God has given you. For all of you who steward your gifts in a way that often goes unnoticed, remember when you put your own needs aside and love becomes your driving force, no human reward can compare to the joy of knowing you are loving with the heart of Jesus.

Lynette Fuson 
Director of Care & Counseling

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