One thing I struggled with growing up and even to this day is acceptance. I’ve always wanted to be accepted. Even if that meant being someone I’m not just to get a laugh or even recognition from my peers. We all love recognition. Even on Instagram. We check to see how many likes we have, or even to see if someone commented.
But what do you do if you accomplish something, yet no one seems to recognize you verbally? I used to get frustrated trying to find the answer as to why should I keep doing what I’m doing. “No one notices me anyways.” I sounded like Everyore from Winnie-the-Pooh. Moping around with my palms scraping the floor, feeling sorry for my self.
My purpose was wrapped in acceptance in people. You know what shifted my perspective? Doing things to please God. Making sure Elevate is ready to go Sunday mornings for first service is one of the things I absolutely love doing. Yes, I have days where I just want to sleep in. But once I changed my purpose on why I’m setting it up, everything changed. I love seeing YOU every Sunday morning and those who step foot into Elevate for the first time. Yes, I do it for the Lord, and since I’m a representation of God, I want to put my best out there. I love this scripture in Colossians 3:23-24:
‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. ‘
You may need to ask yourself this question: Are you looking for ways to be praised or are you looking for ways to worship?
One way I worship is striving to be excellent in the things I do for Elevate. The things I do in my marriage, at my house, when I meet with people. It brings me joy to be a son of the house and to represent Jesus the best way I can.
Although people may not notice some of the things you do, God does. God knows. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING! And I encourage you to pursue excellence in everything you do and look to God for your reward, not people.
– Chris Clatt