Why do we have this tendency to think that the upfront work is more important than the work that goes on behind the scenes?  Think about the movies.  We know the names of actors, actresses, and directors, but we don’t necessarily know the names of even the special effects companies, let alone the individuals who work to make things happen.  In this day and age, there are some incredible special effects in movies, but few know the names of the people that make it happen.  There’s this bias towards the ones that we can see, the ones in the lights.

It’s almost like we don’t even notice the people who do important work behind the scenes… at least not until something goes wrong.  If you were to go to a play, you wouldn’t even think about the people running the lights or the sound until you couldn’t see or hear anything.  Then, suddenly, you notice that they are there.  It’s really not fair.  Can you imagine having that kind of job – one that nobody notices unless you make one mistake?

In 1 Samuel 30, there are some people who worked behind the scenes that nearly got ignored.  While David and his men were away, their homes were attacked, and every thing and every person was taken.  Naturally, they wanted to go after the people that did it, and retrieve their belongings and their families.  So, that’s what they did.  It didn’t take long for them to catch up with the Amalekites who did this to them, and David and his men defeated them, reclaiming all that was theirs.  However, not all of David’s men went.  There were some who were exhausted and couldn’t go, so they stayed behind and guarded their home against any others who may have similar intentions.  Not everybody liked this.  In fact, there were some who said that all these men should receive was their family, and nothing else.  Their work wasn’t seen up front, and so, they did not deserve what was theirs.  David didn’t like this.

But David said, “No, my brothers!  Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us.  He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us.  Who will listen when you talk like this?  We share and share alike – those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment (1 Sam 30:23-24).

The people who work hard behind the scenes deserve some recognition as well.  Just because the results of what they do aren’t as easily noticed, it doesn’t mean they did any less.  We are all in this together – no matter what it is.  When people come together to pull something off, they all deserve to know they are appreciated.

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