Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the Lord,
my recompense is with my God. - Isaiah 49:4
Sometimes, it really does seem like all our efforts are for naught. We try to follow God's will for our lives, and yet, sometimes, it seems only pain is the result. Others seem to have it so much easier. Dear Lord, help me to trust in you. Help me to realize it is not rewards and happiness here that matter, as much as life eternal with you.