Reward

Today I’m joining with Kate at Five Minute Friday…

 

They say that the reward of hard work is the satisfaction of a job well done. It might be said that the reward of hard work is the satisfaction of giving out.

Putting one’s self forward to help others is a complicated process in our days. People have lost their trust in one another. They never know when that neighbor down the block might be dealing heroin to their teenager, or shooting up people in a school, theater, or shopping center.

Occasionally, when I put myself out there to help, I come across skepticism. People are wondering what I want from them, instead of understanding I just want to give them a bit of hope and peace.

God is so far out of the picture, that people are skeptical of him. He is not taught to the multitudes. He is not revered as The Creator. To many, He is only connected with faulty religions, sometimes judgmental attitudes, and fake piety.

How do you approach those without hope, and turn their eyes to the only One with hope?

The reward lies in being willing. Be willing to be open to those in need and stop worrying about the outcome. Be honest, and kind. Look like Jesus in your skin.

 

22 March 2019

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Happy Friday! The sun is shining from where I am, though it’s a chilly 8*F. Linking up with Five Minute Friday…

 

There’s never enough. We always want more. But what is the ‘more’ we want and how can we come to terms with: what is want and what is need?

I try to imagine what it was like for Eve in the Garden. It was lush and life was easy. She had everything, and talked to God every day of her life. Possibly she was distracted that day she saw the tree. Or on seeing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she stared at it too long and her thoughts took over. Possibly Adam didn’t steer her away before Eve thought about how good that fruit could be.

Why did she want more? Just one more thing.

Generations later, we are still looking for more. When God is not only knowledge before us, but faith in our hearts, we know the ‘more’ is Him. We may follow him faithfully, but still struggle with wanting more.

Will we be a slave to wanting one more thing until we die? It doesn’t have to be so. I’m reminded of several women who gave their lives to help others. Amy Carmichael, Mother Theresa, Irena Sendler, and this morning I heard of another: Minnie Vautrin who taught in China during the Rape of Nanking. These were incredible women who trusted God above their own safety.

We are not all meant to be Mother Theresa or Minnie Vautrin, but we are all meant to help others. In this world we can’t get along without each other. No man or woman can make it on their own. We all need community.