“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Certain times throughout the school year, my girls start to get lazy. I start to get lazy. No one feels quite as exuberant about extra math and reading practice, and handwriting becomes illegible. That’s when the prize bucket get’s a makeover. There’s always something little and tiny they are dying to collect, and so I fish for what that is at that moment. We’ve gone from Shopkins to Squinkies to Pocket anythings. Kittys in my Pocket …Puppies in my Pocket …Jungle in my Pocket …it seems just about any living creature can be found pocket-sized and packed in a cute little collectable contraption.
“OK, girls…..” I drummrolled as I laid out my new plain. “If you can do all of your work super extra neat …I will put (said animals) in the prize box.”
Screeches of delight.
“But!” I added, “I’m going to be really picky if I’m going to hand out these really awesome prizes….”
The handwriting improved over the next couple of weeks, as did grades and morale …at least until the next holiday that involved passing out candy arrived.
Today’s verse reminds us that, although faith is required in the hard walk of life we are promised, God wants us to be happy! He rewards us! Sometimes, He throws tiny little animals in the prize bucket of life, simply because we like to collect them.
A beautiful sunrise, an extra snuggle from our kids, an extra productive day, early flowers blooming ….there is no end to the ways that God chooses to love on us. But He isn’t picky. We only need to prayerfully pay attention in faith.
Father, Praise You for Your compassionate love for us! Thank You for rewarding us for following You! It’s not easy, and we confess our comparative and entitled expectations. Bless us to see Your blessings …Your gifts …Your prizes …Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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