My Grandma (who is now with our Lord) used to speak about my Great Grandpa to all of the Grandchildren. On these rare occasions when she did speak about him, it was usually a statement which was meant to drive home a point she was trying to make.
One Spring day I was trying to do something for Grandma around the yard. I was working hard to please her and, as we say where I grew up, “I worked up a sweat!” We took a break for a moment and Grandma said to me, “Andrew, you work just like my Daddy! You are going at this like you are fighting fire!” I was proud that she noticed my effort and it was even more meaningful to know that she thought I was working like my Great Grandpa.
My Grandma will never know just how important here compliment was to me. I have since tried always work hard at whatever I do. I am a little slower now, but I still try to do my best to put my heart into what I am doing!
Please forgive me for speaking of myself in this manner, but I wanted to point out a couple of things from this illustration. First, we should seek to positively encourage our family; especially children! You will never really know what kind of impact you can make by an appropriate compliment. Second, we should give our best when doing anything. If something is worth doing, it is worth our best! Finally, as a child of God, we should seek to serve God and please Him… giving Him our BEST!
The rewards of service far outweigh the repercussions of hard labor. I have seen families exhaust themselves trying to carry out ministry. In the midst of the tears, sweat and heart aches that can stem from such work, it is still worth every mile!
Our Lord Jesus, made it abundantly clear that He would return one day. He also intimated that He would reward His faithful children for their labors. Revelation 22:12 states, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Are you giving your best for Jesus? Are you putting your heart into your arena of service?