I recently watched the movie Argo, which I highly recommend by the way. There is a scene towards the end of the movie where the CIA operative will receive an award for his accomplished mission, but because he is in the CIA the award will immediately be taken back and kept a complete secret. Then the one CIA agent looks to the other and says, "If we wanted applause we'd a joined the circus."
This type of attitude should be the exact one that we as ministers of the gospel have. It can be hard at times to look at the "rock star" pastors out there and not feel discouraged about our own ministry when we are not having the same type of success or receiving the kind of recognition that they are. And I am not knocking those pastors because I believe that most of them are genuine and God has placed them in that role for a reason, but it should not be the standard that the rest of us achieve for.
Rather for the majority of us and really the "rock star" type pastors too, our desire should be that God receives all the glory. The moment one enters vocational ministry, we should immediately have the attitude that if applause is what we desire then we would have joined the circus.
That is the attitude that more of us in ministry need to have on a daily basis. This type of attitude helps keep our motives for ministry in check and keeps it from becoming all about us. The truth is that we are called to be faithful and obedient in whatever ministry God has placed us and we will receive our award in heaven, but until then direct all the applause toward Jesus or go and join the circus.