What if no one recognized your hard work?

Like ever.

There are lots of people whose hard work isn’t recognized. Last Sunday there were people stacking chairs in churches all across the nation.

Right now there are people preparing snacks for Bible study. Someone somewhere is doing graphic design. Someone else is arranging complicated administrative details.

Today I’m sitting in my living room. My hair is in a clippie. I’m wearing my OU T-shirt and black yoga pants. I don’t have a stitch of makeup on. I’m finishing up this blog post.

A roast is in the crockpot because Bible study meets in my home in a couple of hours.

I was going to clean my bedroom, but I gave up and just shut my bedroom door so they wouldn’t see my unmade bed and the pile of laundry I stacked on my dresser.

Everything I’m doing today is behind-the-scenes stuff. You know, the stuff you do if you are in ministry. If you are a mom. If you work. If you lead. If you love people. . .


One of the facts that surprised me as I walked with the disciples is that some of them are unseen. It doesn’t really make sense, if you think about it because Jesus chose them.

He called out their names and then a few seem to fade into the background. They were there. That was them every time the Word says, “and the disciples were with Jesus. They were doing the hard work. They weren’t pointed out like some of their buddies, but they were pulling their weight.

Let’s look at a verse that might be easy to miss.

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Revelations 21:14 (KJV)

This beautiful scripture is about heaven.

Every last one of the disciples were noticed by God. Whether their names showed up in the spotlight on earth or not, it was clear that God didn’t pick out the ones who were seen or unseen.

He honored each of them because of their faithfulness.

Whether their names were in the spotlight or not, they made an eternal impact and that delights the heart of our Heavenly Father.

We often focus on the external, but God delights in the eternal impact.

Later tonight there will be an empty crockpot and dirty dishes.


A photo by André Freitas.


I love to think that as I wash those dishes, the Lord smiles at what took place around the table.

Women loving each other.

Women digging into the Word.

Women growing spiritually.

Women laughing and enjoying community.

Whether we are stacking chairs or rocking babies or opening our home to friends, we have the opportunity to change a world.

Whether we are creating a nonprofit, speaking to crowds, writing books, pastoring churches, lifting women out of abuse or poverty, we have the opportunity to change a world.

Shoulder to shoulder we stand.

Seen, unseen, behind-the scenes. Together, we are world changers.

  • Read Chapter Eight
  • Watch the video
  • Launch discussion with the discussion starter at the end of the video
  • Answer the questions at the end of the chapter
  • BONUS: Call someone whose work is unseen and tell them that you notice.


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