“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patienceinherit what has been promised.”
The coolest radio broadcast I have ever heard by far was about three years ago. Making the entire broadcast as a joke, the speaker posed as an interviewer for a job. Anyone who wanted to get the job had to call in and do a phone interview. Well, actually it was not a radio broadcast, it’s a youtube video. But I heard the story on the radio though!
Either way, the interviews went like this: a description of the job. The job timing is twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and it must be full time. Second, they must work all holidays without exception, not only will there be no bonuses, but they will never receive overtime or holiday bonuses. Third, there are never any vacations, no time off, and work of every type. No days off would be granted for any sickness or family problems.
The work would actually get more difficult with time, and it would never end, because you can never quit or be fired.
But heres the kicker to this interview: there is no pay.
Of course, by this time the people doing the interviews all vehemently stated that they would never take this job, that it was insane, and that no one could ever want to do it. One even said that he could not imagine anyone crazy enough to take a job like this.
What was the job?
Being a Mom.
Yeah. After this sequence of events, every interviewee stopped and took a moment to thank and recognize their mothers who have done so much to invest in them and make sure they made it to where they were that day. overall, it was an incredible story.
Over the past couple weeks I have gotten into the habit of listening to a local station which broadcasts Christian messages and services. During the pastors message, he brought up this analogy.
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett
The pastor talked about how, no matter how small our actions are, if they are done for the honor of Jesus, they will not be overlooked. This is an incredible message for everyone who feels under appreciated and unseen. Especially when you have come to the conclusion that any extra effort you put in has no value, the fact that “even a cup of cold water… will not lose their reward” is helpful. It goes to show that going that extra mile is worth it. That there is value in doing good for Christ’s sake. (Or, you know, good for goodness sake if you are a Santa Claus fan).
This is a testament to all of those teachers out there who come to the classroom every day without fail for their students, and not just for a paycheck.
Life has quite a lot of jobs that do not pay well, but those people invest more into our futures than anyone else.
Here is for the military, for teachers, for volunteers, for police, for firefighters, for teachers, for those who go above and beyond for the sake of others and the glory of Christ, and finally, for all the parents who give their lives to their children.
You are seen and appreciated, even that cup of cold water will not go without a reward. God see’s you. He appreciates what you give.
I want to tell you a quick story of my own. All my life I have been the only child in our family with a living namesake. Every other child have the middle name of an old relative of ours. When I was born, I got the middle name of the only grandmother present. That grandma has been the most incredible influence on me that I remember.
Although she retired years ago, she is still an influential member of her church and has been on the board for numerous years. She has battled and overcome breast cancer, and right after her doctor said she could, she decided to go on a missions trip to Africa.
In addition to that, she still finds time and love to effect the lives of all of her grandchildren (eight just from my family) and loves Jesus with all of her heart, mind, and strength. Anyone who has met her calls her a joy and an inspiration. I truly am inspired and in awe of this incredible woman. To Grandma. 🙂
Most of us have that person, or those people, who have taken the time to pour into our lives. Whether we are twelve or eighty seven, those people still continue to bless us through giving us that cup of cold water.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Don’t give up.
One more story before I stop. For background purposes, I drive to work at 3:30am in the morning every few days for an opening shift. Today, I drove in and just as I got to work a story about a pop star you have probably heard of, Adam Levine. At one of his many concerts, a young disabled boy was given the chance to meet Adam in person. However, when the boy met Adam, (he was a huge fan) he was so overwhelmed that it caused him to have a nerve reaction and he fell to the ground, unable to move.
Instead of making the boy feel terrible for being disabled, Adam played on the ground next to the boy. When the band came in, Adam asked them to lay on the ground with them too. They proceeded to have a long conversation and later that same fan got to watch the entire concert from the front row.
It’s the little actions we do when no one is watching, going that extra mile for someone, that are the moments God sees. Our work and love is not unknown.
Be blessed today.