He who does the work is not so profitably employed as he who multiplies the doers. (John Mott, 19th-20th centuries YMCA leader)
Good work is important, and it is appropriate to acknowledge the accomplishments of a good worker. But, if that good work is to be continued, Mott’s point is even more important. Are we preparing others to be able to carry the good work into the future? If not, we will be at a loss when the good work can’t be done. It would be good for every worker to train another one.
Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher. (Luke 6:40)