No Rewards for Just Showing Up

“Jesus didn’t offer words of praise for people who used their talents and gifts to ‘just get by’…….. What Jesus was getting at is that there are no rewards for ‘just showing up.’ Praise, promotion, and reward are given to those who effectively use what they’ve been given to accomplish the missions they’ve undertaken.”

These words from “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived,” by Steven K. Scott, caught my attention. I don’t know about you, but I’m always amazed to find that people expect to get rewarded for something they should be doing anyway. I guess, this probably happens more in the workplace than any other place, but it transcends all boundaries. Why do we reward people for things they should be doing? Do I expect to get some extra reward for doing my job? for cleaning my house? for taking care of Alyx? for spending time in God’s word? Do you expect a reward for things that you should be doing anyway?

The world we live in accepts all excuses, whatever they are, as reasons for not doing what they should be doing. For example, if you didn’t have time to file your taxes, that’s okay… just file an extension. (I bet you had time to watch your favorite television programs all season long….) Or, if you are an alcoholic, we understand… it’s genetic and a disease; you can’t help it. Now, I’m not saying that these are good excuses or bad excuses; all I’m saying is that if you try hard enough (and sometimes, it’s not hard at all), you can find an excuse for anything.

It seems like people expect more, but offer less.

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