A few weeks ago, I was performing a menial task at the Meridian office, just about the time for close of business for the day. Ok, I was shoveling mud and preparing to pressure wash a sidewalk. Someone leaving the office for the day asked me the question “Are you getting paid extra to do that?”. Now, this was said with a laugh as I am sure they did not expect to walk out and find me in a t-shirt, shorts and rubber boots shoveling dirt. But as I continued the project, I began pondering this question. Not about what I was doing at that moment, but in all things. Do you always expect monetary gain for doing a little extra.
Let’s start with my reasoning for sweating until dark doing something that no one asked me to do:
1. Employees of One Life, mostly ladies, need to walk down this sidewalk every day, and it’s dangerous.
2. If my Mother new a lady got hurt on my watch, because I did not fix a problem, I would be in big trouble. (And I am 44 years old. Yes, she instilled this in me from a young age and it stuck)
3. Someone had to do it.
4. I am able.
There are numerous opportunities to do a little extra in life without expecting monetary gain. Volunteering in your church or community for example. Taking time with someone that needs an ear to listen to their challenges or give advice. Cleaning a stretch of roadway or an overgrown cemetery. Find an elderly couple close to your home, maybe even a neighbor and make regular visits with them to make sure they are ok. Spending time with a youth program as a mentor to someone. The list goes on.
The reward for doing a little extra is more satisfying than monetary. However, I believe that if you do a little extra, go above and beyond what is expected of you, volunteer to do whatever “that” is to the best of your ability, there can be monetary rewards down the road. However, don’t do whatever “that” is with the expectation of money. If you do, you have missed my point altogether.
The Bible is full of scripture that point out that doing for others is the will of God.
We are instructed in James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Jesus said in Mathew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
These are just two examples where we are instructed to do good for others and they will see the Light of Christ in us.
If you are not already serving in your church, community, neighborhood or elsewhere, there is no better time than now. We have many people in this country who are devastated by disaster, suffering from loss or illness, lonely and in need of someone. Take a few minutes to make this world a better place.
My last thought on this subject is the impact that we have on others, including our own family. I have two kindhearted kids that have their own way of helping others. My oldest son has volunteered, on his own, to help cleanup cemeteries in our community that are overgrown. These cemeteries are full of Veterans who have served our country. My youngest son keeps water bottles with Nature Valley granola bars duck taped to them, sitting on the mantle by front door. Every time we leave the house, he grabs 3 or 4 to pass out to homeless that we run across. When he runs out of water or bars, he will not stop asking me to take him to the store until I do. He uses his own money to buy more supplies.
I hope that my example, and the example of other good folks that they are around has inspired them to do these kind acts.
Now, ask me if I get paid extra to do that. You have already read the long-version of my answer. The short version is; I get paid, just not with dollars and coins. You will too!
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