Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the U.S., once said,
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
This is a very thought-provoking quote because it highlights our need for recognition. Naturally, we all like to receive accolades for the things that we do. We like to get rewarded for our hard work, and, in all honesty, we like it when others notice our efforts. While this isn’t necessarily a negative, our need for receiving “credit”
should never be our sole motivation for getting things done. There are plenty of thankless tasks, jobs, and responsibilities that need to be done. Just ask anyone who has children, am I right? When it comes to other kinds of “unappreciated” jobs, I can’t help but think of all the various ministries in the world. Local churches, missions, and Christian charities need the help of dedicated staff and volunteers in order to operate, and though it may not always be the case, many of these workers complete their tasks without much recognition.
We looked at the topic of stewardship a few weeks ago, and we learned that part of practicing good stewardship is dedicating our talents for God’s kingdom; our time, talents, and our treasures. It’s no exaggeration to say that good stewards do their jobs regardless of how much recognition or honor they receive. But here’s another amazing characteristic about good stewards, they don’t concern themselves with who gets the credit. Truly faithful men and women will answer God’s call, and will fulfill their duties out of a sincere desire to glorify our heavenly Father. Their focus isn’t on getting any earthly credit, but only on pleasing God. Today, let’s strive to be good stewards.
Similar to President Truman’s quote, we can accomplish amazing things if we disregard our need for earthly rewards.