Monday, 12 July 2010

Serving Behind the Scenes

Do you ever think about what all goes on "behind the scenes"? It's easy to be unaware of what goes on there, since we can't see it. And the people who are quietly serving there are easily forgotten.

I was reminded of this last week after the passing of the mother of a very influential family. I realized that if it hadn't been for this mother, her sons may not have had the impact on the many lives they do today. It's easy to forget the mothers who cared for and nurtured her children into the men and women they are today. It's easy to forget the tireless hours of serving, listening, praying and offering counsel that aren't recognized and appreciated enough. Do you realize that if it wasn't for those efforts, the men and women who we so admire may never have come to be who they are?

Who else do you know that serves quietly and often lacks notice? There are so many Christians out there who faithfully serve behind the scenes and they never receive any praise or recognition for the work they do. Sometimes, their tasks may seem menial, but they are essential to hold everything else together.

I know that often I fail to appreciate the people who have had a significant effect on my life. Sometimes we have a serious misconception about the work that people do. How often do you sit in your church on a Sunday morning with the mindset that all your pastor ever does is sit in his study and prepare sermons? The truth is, that pastor does so much more to keep things in the church running smoothly. There are events throughout the week, people to counsel, meetings, not to mention a family to be a husband and father to. The demands on the pastor couple can certainly not always be easy.

Now my question is, do you pray for and support those people who serve behind the scenes or spend a significant amount of time pouring into your life? Do you express your gratitude and offer your support? Do you realize that behind the people who have a greatest influence on your life are mothers, fathers, mentors, teachers, pastors, people that listened, prayed and offered encouragement? None of them got to where they are alone. There's always people who served quietly behind the scenes shaping them into the godly men and women they are.

You may be one of those who doesn't like serving behind the scenes. Sometimes it's boring and it doesn't seem all that important. Nobody recognize the efforts you put in and you wonder if it's even worth it. My encouragement to you is to be faithful in those little things. The work you do is important, even if it's as small as washing the dishes for your mom. Take the time to pray for and encourage those who spend time pouring into your life. It's the least you can do.

It's easy to get discouraged, but do not grow weary in well-doing. In due time, you will be rewarded.


  1. I think about this a lot. It seems to me, that certain parts of the body seem to be more credible in this life; be it missionaries, the door to door people, or those who minister on the streets.

    Often I notice that after I speak, people will thank me for sharing, but the ladies who faithfully serve in the nursery so that the service can take place are rarely even noticed.

    I don't know if you'll agree with me or not, but I don't think we're all supposed to be evangelists. What I am convinced of is that we really need to listen to His voice and obey, even if it means serving in a way that gets little or no recognition.

    I doubt that you get a lot of praise for what you do, but you seem to be faithful. Press on.

  2. Kevin, you said: "I don't know if you'll agree with me or not, but I don't think we're all supposed to be evangelists."

    I've heard this subject come up here and there in opposing views, but I think I have to agree with you there to an extent. No, not everybody will go out and be an evangelist, but I do believe we are all called to be ministers of the Gospel to a degree, which I think you believe as well. This could be shown in hospitality, serving in your local church, helping those around you in need or visiting the sick. We don't have to go out and preach to be ministers of the Gospel. Each person has their own gift and I believe we are called to exercise it wisely.