But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who see what is done in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:3-4
In high school I used to always think that the most gifted Christians and leaders were the ones in the foreground being noticed by their peers and elders. But as I matured I learned that some of the most vital leaders and workers in a church or organization were those that worked in the background.
Personally I have never been one to stand in front of a crowd and comfortably speak, sing, or play piano. When I have had to do these things it was nerve-racking. As an adolescent, to my disdain, I found that I enjoyed the planning and organizing of events far more than running them. I mean how were people going to appreciate me if they had no idea I did anything? In high school I wanted so badly to participate in student council, but had zero desire to be president. Instead I ran for the roles of treasurer or secretary because the other “more important” roles terrified me. I loved the background planning of the events and fundraisers. I loved assisting in organizing and building the set for prom. Even though I loved these things, I still felt useless and unappreciated as I did them.
If I had only taken these verses to heart earlier on I could have been much happier with who I was and what I was doing. Theses serve as a reminder that the background service is greatly appreciated. They tell us that our service in secret will be rewarded!