How demanding life can be! You know what I mean, right? We follow that same routine—trying to catch our breath as we rush through the day, meeting everyone's needs. Where is the reward?
My answer came through my brother and his wife Lois who were our
house guests for a few days.
One evening I knocked at the door of
our guest room.
"Come in," Lois said.
I walked in and felt
the ironing board. "What are you ironing?"
"The table runners we
"You don't have to." I protested, "You did more than
enough: cleaned, rearranged, shopped and even painted a table for me."
"I don't mind," she said.
She didn't mind because that's what
she does. Anything she tackles is done quietly, with no expectation. She
helps in a silence that screams kindness and pure love.
I be that way? Secretly, I look for recognition or at least a faint sign
Can you identify? You just wiped the kitchen counter and cleaned the
floor for the umpteenth time. But no applause from anyone. You did the
third load of laundry. No one noticed. Paid the bills with stress
cramping your stomach, and no appreciation there either. And while at
work, the extra load of tasks is completed, but the boss gives no
recognition. You even smile at the cashier at the store but it goes
Sigh! Do we just keep on giving and giving? Is there
any hint of satisfaction or return for our efforts?
God has the
"Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness
before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from
your Father in heaven. So, when you give to the needy, do not announce
it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the
streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth; they have received
their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your
left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be
in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will
reward you." (Matthew 6:1-4)
Prayer: Father, in the
secret of my heart I want to be recognized and I look for rewards.
Change my heart and grant me humility to do all in the quietness of
love. May my actions be for your eyes only. In Jesus' name, amen.
What reward can you expect from the Lord today?
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