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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Influence

I’m coming today from Five Minute Friday and our word for the week is Influence…

 

The sweetest days can be watching toddler grandchildren. They are constantly curious, testing out their walking abilities, learning to use a fork and spoon, and investigating all places in the home. We know they are full of energy…energy we wish we still possessed.

My youngest grandson lights up when he sees my face because he recognizes me, as do the older Grands. It is encouraging when they recognize you and remember you for the first time.

I wonder…how do they see me? How will they remember me? I don’t want to be remembered as a crabby old grandma always complained about something. I hope they will remember kindness and all the times we spent at the lake for Grandma and Grandpa camp. Not the birthday gifts, which are tangible, but love, influence, and time I have spent in each ones life.

Hopefully they will remember encouragement, the bravos for a great job, the hugs when they cry, and the advice I may give in a situation.

Most of all, may they see God in me. May they see the struggles of my life overcome by the One living in me.

To me, this is most important. Influencing younger children has an impact on society. We all need to pitch in and show kindness. May we look upon it as our duty.