There are few things more difficult than giving our best labors daily in an environment where we feel unappreciated. You know the feeling, and it's not a good one. No matter how good our work environment might be, from time to time we have all felt the sting of our contributions taken for granted and our mistakes magnified.
The sad reality is that this condition is almost inevitable in this broken world. So how do we sustain joyful work in such a situation?
For Unappreciated Workers
I am no stranger to the discouragement of feeling unappreciated, but over the years, I have found great help from the apostle Paul's exhortation in Colossians 3:22–24.
Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
I have no detailed understanding of what working life may have looked like for these first-century Christian bondservants, but I suspect it wasn't all that pleasant for many of them. Some were subjected to ill treatment, and undoubtedly much of their work was unappreciated.
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]