In a world where one’s identity can now be commercialized as a brand, it has become very important for one to get recognized for everything he does
including especially the charitable works. With abundant apps to help to document and broadcast every moment possible of a person’s day, one’s presence can be felt almost everywhere in the world.
Now it seems people only go off the radar when they are on the wanted list of some sort so they decide to hide in plain sight but offline. Ask people who they are and they associate themselves with their institutions they either schooled or worked at. Take away all the affiliations and they have nothing to show for themselves. And even if they do, it’s just to put their names out there.
So the question is, if no one cared about the ‘good’ things you did, would you still do them? If there was no journalist to cover the story of some humanitarian work you are doing, no Facebook or Instagram to capture the moments and share with the world so you would get global applause for your efforts, would you be motivated to live altruistically? If no one cared to award you for what you claim to do ‘selflessly’, would you still live as such? What happened to giving to charity anonymously?
It does feel fulfilling to be recognized for your works; it does serve as a strong incentive but it shouldn’t be the reason what primarily spurs us on. Because as for the limelight, it will dull out; the applause will die down and the fame will fade. But the hearts of the ones you’ve imparted into will always cherish you in their hearts and remember you in their prayers. That is a much more satisfying and lasting reward than the clichéd five minutes of fame.
Whatever you do, do it well…not for the credit but because it’s your assignment to perform. When you do good in private, your Heavenly Father will publicly reward you. But if you do acts of charity for the publicity’s sake, the applause at the moment will be your reward.
Don’t use the plight of others as an advantage to publicize your ‘good works.’ Go on incognito mode and fully offer yourself to charitable works without expecting any form of return. When the spotlight does locate you, don’t hesitate to give the credit to the One who gave you the breath, strength, wisdom and resources to make things happen.
Josephine Amoako © 2016