To do what comes our way is all that matters. In fact, what comes our way sums up all that we are able to do anyway. Sometimes it is necessary to challenge ourselves to develop our talents. Even then, however, it is irrelevant to God whether what we do is acclaimed or thought to be nothing. If great empires have no eternal significance, then certainly private glory does not. God reads hearts, looking at our motives. He asks only, “Is the deed a pure offering?”
Purity of heart looks to God and God’s love in gauging what to do and how to do it. It is hard to be pure of heart. It is hard not to be secretly preoccupied with our reputation, prestige, honors and privilege. Nobody likes to be ignored or put down, and unless we are saints it isn’t safe to seek the lowest place. It is actually possible to be proud of our humility. The pure of heart are free of that inner battle. Honors are welcome and so is obscurity. Oneness with God is all that will last in either case.
Teach me, Lord, how to accept praise and blame with an even spirit. Keep my eyes pointed in the right direction. In the end, you will bring me to fulfillment.