Men always seek recognition and acceptance. But the computer era is an obstacle for that. The contemporary society does not believe in respecting or recognizing others. As how light and water is important for the growth of a plant, similarly, recognition and encouragement are vital for the development of one’s personality. Many have landed up in depression and frustration for lack of these elements. There is none who love or care for me is the cry of many. Most of modern generation don’t come forward to encourage others- especially the youth. As a consequence, a strange generation is formed.
A story heard somewhere is applicable here. Undertaking all possible risks, a youth has rescued a drowning school boy from death. When he reached the shore carrying the boy the question that greeted him was ‘where is his cap?’ Thus is the tide of the society! How strange are those people , who, instead of appreciating him for saving the boy’s life, was questioning for a simple cap!
Once Kolten said that appreciation will encourage the wise, while destroy the fool. In other words, when appreciated, the wise will be encouraged to do more hard work, while the fool will think he has already achieved everything and sit idle. In short, appreciation does not suit everyone. But those who are eligible for appreciation and recognition should receive it. If that is not done at the appropriate time, it will be like manuring the ripen crop. A student should get the encouragement and appreciation from his teachers and parents. Appreciation becomes a reality when it is expressed.
The hardships that many in this society undertake in order to gain recognition fail miserably. This ends up in frustration and depression. We don’t have to do anything particularly for the sake of gaining recognition. Don’t expect recognition. Those who deliberately deprive us of the deserving recognition or appreciation,can not take away our talents from us. The whole thing one has to do to be recognized is- recognize self and others. Give others the recognition the same way we expect to be given to us.
Encouragement is a factor that became strange to our culture. Many are not even aware that it is a need. When we encourage others, we get encouraged as well. At the same time, flattery will do more harm than good. This will destroy the giver and the taker simultaneously.
In the Old Testament of Bible we see a character named Joseph. His elder brothers were unable to recognize his talents or appreciate them. On the contrary they became jealous of the recognition he got from their parents and threw him to a cistern. Eventually, he was closed inside a jail for long years without any recognition or care. But Omniscient God rescued him from there and made him the minister of that land! The brothers who betrayed him once had to come and bow down in front of him for their existence.
You might be a person who is deprived of the recognition and acceptance that you deserve. You must me considering that there is no one who love or care for you. But remember. Compassionate Jesus will not forsake you .Jesus has accepted you as a son/ daughter. Hence, instead of feeling disappointed, recognize the talents and the gifts that God has provided and push forward. In Jesus you can have a blessed life .
Jesus says ‘ come to me and I will give you rest’