It is the end of another school year and award ceremonies are upon us. I have been scrolling through Facebook and seeing the cute, smiling faces of my friends’ children proudly holding up their little trophies and medals; a display of their hard work and dedication. I have two young sons who also received awards, and I know the discipline, determination, and sometimes just plain grit that it takes to achieve those rewards. And often times, not without a struggle. My eldest son struggled a bit this year and had some difficult months but he did it. I am so proud of both of them.
As we become adults, we no longer have formal award ceremonies at the end of each year to receive honors and gain recognition of our achievements from living out our daily lives. There is no accolades for best dishwasher loader or fastest duster eliminator. What about most patient homework helper or the funniest and most thoughtful spouse? There may be no human awards for such things, but there is a God who recognizes our hard work and commitments, no matter how small, and who gladly and freely gives honor and blessings our way.
So the next time you have to clean a sink full of dishes (for the hundredth time), clean up after the dog, or be more patient with a child or spouse, do so in the best way you can and with a good attitude because this pleases our Father in Heaven. He knows about the struggle, effort, and self-sacrifice that it can take at times, and He is ready to pour out His blessings and rewards on you every day of every year.
God, it makes me feel good that You do take notice of my hard work and effort. Knowing this encourages me to do the best that I can with a happy heart and good attitude. I want to honor You and make You happy with my life.
II Corinthians 7:4 – “I am very confident in you, and I am very proud of you.”