"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, Who daily bears our burdens." (Psalm 68:19) The Lord is our Daily Burden-Bearer! Isn't that beyond awesome :)? "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken." (Psalm 55:22) And we are here to help carry each other's burdens: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2) The law of Christ is the law of Love!
Encouragement from God's Word:
"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them." Hebrews 6:10
"Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people." Ephesians 6:7
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms...If anyone serves, they should do with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:10, 11b
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58
Serving is not easy. There will be problems, challenges, conflicts, discouragement, and disappointment. However, serving can become easier :) when we, servants of Christ, are united in love, cheer one another on, pray for one another, and support one another. When adversity hits, don't quit. As Christians, we have the power of the Holy Spirit and the promise of Jesus that "with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Christian work/ministry is to be done in the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
"In the deed that no man knows
Where no praiseful trumpet blows,
Where he may not reap who sows,
There, Lord, let my heart serve You."
Prayer: Lord, thank You for daily bearing our burdens and for sustaining us! And thank You for giving us brothers and sisters in Christ who help carry each other's burdens. Please help us continue to faithfully serve You and others even when there's no acknowledgment or recognition, there's no praise or appreciation, and there are no visible/immediate results. We know You see and You care. Please give us strength, wisdom, humility, patience, and perseverance. Please unite us in Your love and empower us to do Your will...to accomplish what You want us to accomplish. To You alone be all the glory!