Does your hard work go unnoticed? I used to feel like the Little Red Hen working and working relentlessly without proper recognition. This used to bother me severely. I was not the type of person to need reciprocity when I did good things, but I needed gratitude. We are all motivated by different things and I am motivated by praise. However, when you seek to become better daily God will reveal all your little character flaws that he wants to fix. I learned that all the glory and praise should go to the Most High not to me. If I wait for people to give me “appropriate” gratitude for the good things I do then I will be waiting for a long time because it will never be enough and I will never be satisfied. Instead, I realized that what is done in the dark will be brought to the light. All the things that I do good and bad are like seeds being sown in my life, it takes time to harvest the really good fruit. Therefore, instead of looking for instant praise I need to realize that gratitude will manifest itself at some future point. I am learning to become the silent sower quietly doing good without seeking any gratitude. I am humbled by each opportunity I have to bless someone. Now I experience less impulsive emotional moments and more fulfilled wise moments.
"That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly" - Mathew 6:4
I hope this encourages someone who feels they are going unnoticed. Your good work and right heart will pay off eventually; God sees all things.