“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT).

From time to time, most of us wonder if all the hard work we do makes any difference. Many things Christians are called upon to do are behind the scenes and invisible to others and often don’t bring any short term results. We remind ourselves the long term results are what matter, but just the same, it’s easy to get discouraged and think of giving up.

When Paul reminded the Corinthians to hang in there and to work enthusiastically for the Lord, he was reminding them and us we are not invisible to God. He sees everything we do and it’s never useless or a waste of time. We sometimes think what we do for him has to be big and splashy, drawing crowds and filling stadiums. While those things have their place and do some good, God is just as pleased with the little acts of kindness or the mundane, day after day ways we care for others. Everything we do counts—to him and to those to whom we show love.

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