Expecting thank you’s

When helping others in need
It’s important to think about how you are going to deal
With non-appreciative people,
Or people taking advantage of your charity.
It’s often all too easy to mitigate your efforts
Based on how grateful the people seem to be
As though the end goal your our generosity is somehow changed
By those who fail to acknowledge your work.
When there were is no visible applause,
No social media attention,
No department of corporate social responsibility
No cameras at the scene
And no one to see your hand extended – who are you?
Where do you derive the value of what you are doing?
It helps to remember that a “thank you” or a “well done” is nice
But are not reliable fuels to keep giving.

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:1-4

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