I’m sure everyone of us wants to be noticed, to feel honored, and to feel recognized for what we are doing. I admit that I want to feel that too. I remember every after Youth Camp, my favorite part was the honoring. Where you honor and appreciate each of the service team for doing their best in the Youth Camp. Of course, I wait for my name to be mentioned and be honored by every person. Maybe that’s my love language, words of affirmation. same with having hundreds of likes and reacts on my social media. It’s my habit to check who likes my profile picture.
But if my name was not mentioned enough or maybe, I’m not satisfied because only a few honored me, I feel like I didn’t do my best. If I only have less than a hundred likes, I feel like I am not enough. That is not healthy for my emotional and mental state. I know that I give my all, but why do I receive so little?
Then I realized, that is not a good example of humility. I was seeking attention, I was not seeking God. I was not serving God; I was serving the people. There is a difference between serving God and serving the people. Serving the people means you want to be known. Serving God means you do it even without receiving something in return. Serving people means pride. Serving God means love.
God spoke to me through the verse from Colossians 3:23-24 (NAB) “Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ.” This became my life verse to remind myself that I don’t need attention. I should not care about how many likes I have received.
Jesus Christ has 12 disciples. He gave everything including his life for all of us. When Jesus was dying, there were only 4 people with Him. Other followers and disciples didn’t even show up. That is what sacrifice means. Do not hesitate to give your all, because that’s what “do it from the heart” means. He is the one who should be praised, not us. Let’s not be blinded by applause. The true validation comes from the Creator, not from the likes we get from others.
Mick Mendoza is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the area of NCR East.