This is not my original share but when I read it, I was blessed and so I want someone to read it too and be blessed.
When you’re not appreciated for the job well done!
How would you feel when you are left unnoticed and unappreciated after a job well done? What would you do if someone else gets the credit for work that you painstakingly accomplished?
Refuse to lose heart because you are not alone. Mordecai, the uncle of Queen Esther, had a similar experience. In Esther 2: 21 to 23, this is what we will read, “In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s officials from those who guarded the door, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Xerxes. But the plot became known to Mordecai and he told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. Now when the plot was investigated and found to be so, they were both hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the Book of the Chronicles in the king’s presence.”
After Mordecai’s courageous act of saving the king from an assassination plot, did he get a tangible reward from his boss? Well, the incident was recorded in the king’s chronicle. But Mordecai didn’t get a promotion nor did he enjoy a hefty bonus. Not until we reach chapter 6 of the book of Esther. In other words, it was business as usual in the kingdom and Mordecai’s heroism was easily forgotten in the busyness of the day.
Did Mordecai cry, “Unfair! I should have been promoted!” Did Mordecai pack-up and resign? Did he bad-mouth the king for not compensating him accordingly? He did none of these. Instead, he just went on ahead with his normal routine. He continued to work diligently and excellently.
There are three things that we can learn from Mordecai’s story. Three thoughts that we should keep in mind and take to heart when a job well done seems unnoticed.
First, realize that excellent work is a duty and a privilege not a right. To be able to work these days is almost a privilege because we know that thousands of people are losing their jobs as a result of the global financial crisis. When we view work as a privilege, we become thankful instead of complaining, diligent instead of complacent. View work as a right and every time you do your job, you’d feel that you deserve to get something in return. If you don’t get it, you feel disappointed and frustrated.
Several years ago, I attended a tribute given to the Commission on Audit (COA) ladies, whose excellent work led to Meralco refunding all its subscribers the over-payment collected from them through the years. I remember one of the ladies saying that while the expression of appreciation touched her deeply, she feels that it was unnecessary because she was simply doing her job. She knew that her duty was to audit accurately and efficiently. And since she was only doing what was expected of her, she was surprised that she was being rewarded for it. She even asked if excellent service was so rare these days that when we see it, people can’t help but make a big celebration out of it. Excellent work is a duty not a right that demands a reward.
Second, move from external motivation to internal motivation. When we were kids, candies and treats motivate us to behave and follow our parents and teachers. External rewards really did wonders to make us obey. But we are no longer kids. We are now adults who should work excellently not because of the rewards and perks that we can get, but because of our desire to do what’s right. I’m sure that when Mordecai told Queen Esther about Bigthan and Teresh’s plot to assassinate the king, he wasn’t thinking of what’s in it for him. He acted on what his gut-feel was telling him. Something dangerous was about to happen, he must warn the king. Mordecai did what’s right without any strings attached because when he didn’t receive tangible rewards after the plot was revealed, he just went on ahead with life as usual. No complaints, no sour grapes, no backbiting against the king. Be internally motivated. Outgrow the candies and let your conscience drive you to work extra-ordinarily well.
Third, Remember that God takes notice of our good deeds done for His glory. King Xerxes may have forgotten to appreciate Mordecai’s excellent work but God never forgets. Our acts of kindness done for God’s glory will never escape God’s notice. Three chapters after Mordecai’s heroic act to save the king, it was only in Esther chapter 6 that we read about the reward being accorded to him. The king couldn’t sleep that night and so he ordered that his chronicles be read to him. Of all the things documented in the king’s chronicle, was it coincidence that Mordecai’s act was the one that caught the king’s attention? This was no coincidence, this is God’s hand at work. At the right time, at the moment that will best serve the purpose of God, Mordecai was noticed and he was rewarded.
Your excellent performance at work may not be noticed or applauded by your boss and colleagues right now but remember this, God takes notice of your diligence and hard work. Ephesians 6:7 says “Do your work cheerfully, as though you served the Lord, and not merely human beings.”