We all like to have other people do nice things for us. It makes us feel special. It makes us feel loved. It makes us feel good.
But what about the one doing the nice thing for us? Do they feel special? Do they feel loved? Do they feel good?
When we recognize their efforts and tell them how much we appreciate them, I believe they do feel special, loved, good, and appreciated.
Then there are those times when someone does something nice...and nobody else really notices.
When things like this happen, often what is the end result? Many times the one who did the nice thing decides that nobody appreciates or even notices what they do...so, often, they stop doing nice things for others.
We need to remember that Jesus cautions us about taking this sort of an attitude. In Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus says, in essence, “Don’t do nice things for people to be recognized and applauded by them. Do nice things for people to be recognized and applauded by your Heavenly Father. In fact, if you do things for people to be rewarded by them, you’ll have NO REWARD from your Heavenly Father.”
We have a number of people in the congregation who do a number of nice things for others...and even for the congregation as a whole. Some of these things go pretty much unnoticed by the congregation at large...but if they did not do it, the congregation at large would notice in a heart beat!
Sometimes it is a simple thing. Sometimes it is not so simple. Sometimes it is something anybody could have done. Sometimes it is something that takes a special talent or knowledge to know how to do correctly.
Most of us know who those who work “behind the scenes” are. They don’t do it for the earthly recognition, but for their Heavenly Father. But, still, telling them thank you every once in a while would do wonders for their morale.