I’m standing at the register, just need to pay and success. A tantrum free shopping experience, when it starts, the ultimate meltdown. I do everything to try and calm her down to no avail, I look around to find the first REWARD I can offer. A candy bar, ice cream or toy, anything to just get her to stop crying.
While preparing for our upcoming pageant, I was asked: “what’s the prize package?” As I went to answer, it dawned on me that I had no idea; I never did look to see what she would WIN. It never occurred to me that I should. It reminded me that the REWARD she is receiving isn’t tangible. It’s not a shiny new car; it’s not a teddy bear or trophy.
The REWARD is so much more, it’s the confidence she gains as she learns how to present herself in front of an audience. Its learning how to interview and what it truly means to GIVE BACK to the community. It’s a self-awareness through personal growth.
“The worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of riches, and the desires for other things take over. They choke the word so that it can’t produce anything.” Mark 4:19
Understanding the intangible REWARD is not easy, and is taught to us through others over time. Standing at the checkout with a crying toddler, instantly I reach for the REWARD, because in that moment with everyone looking at me I just want to calm her and that is OK. Often, I say “I wouldn’t work if I didn’t get paid.”
Rewards are important.
BUT they are not necessary and shouldn’t be expected. If we are doing something solely for the TANGIBLE, we might miss out on something amazing. An opportunity to grow and learn from those around you, a moment of inspiration or a moment to inspire others.
I challenge you today to refocus the lens, to look for the intangible REWARD, to look at the BIG picture, not just what’s in front of you.
The tangible often overshadows that which is intangible, because I can touch it and can see it, BUT the reward of the intangible is GREATER than that of the tangible.