Those who stay behind and support are as valuable as those on the front lines.
The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.
– 1 Samuel 30, verse 24b
Have you ever been one of the people who is figuratively back behind the curtain, supporting someone else? Maybe it was a boss or a ministry or a civic organization. Maybe a missionary.
In those roles, it can be easy to become disheartened. To think that what we do doesn't matter. To feel like somebody else is getting to have all the fun while we do the work.
Or worse, like some of David's men, to feel incapable of going on because we've met our limits.
I know those feelings, too. Nearly any relationship or job will have those sometimes. But the funny thing is, the grass is almost NEVER greener on the other side. In fact, there's almost always a different price to be paid, a different set of frustrations or challenges, and a different reason to wish to switch sides of the fence – even from the side we wish we were on.
Thankfully, there's a principle in Scripture that reminds us that we're all in this together. That we all share together. That we all take part in the prize.
So, here's my encouragement.
- You are on the front lines, in your own way.
- You are valuable. What you do matters.
- We ALL share in the glory of what God's doing.
- God is sufficient.