The reality is that no one is going to give you the rewards you deserve. You do so much for others that goes unnoticed. You sacrifice so many things that only Jesus knows about. And in doing so you grow weary. And if you don’t take care of yourself there is a 100% chance you’ll give up, morally fail, or just plain quit.
So sometimes you need to reward yourself.
Celebrate your own victories.
Give yourself a day off.
Buy yourself the book you are wanting to read.
Take a class to learn something new.
Give yourself a month from paying down your debt to go on vacation.
And leave the guilt at home.
You aren’t being selfish by rewarding yourself. In a way, it’s selfish to not reward yourself.
Jesus was the suffering servant. (Isaiah 53) You aren’t. If your life’s pace has you constantly feeling like you give, give, give and you never take some time to take care of yourself… you might just be addicted to serving.
Even Jesus took time to rest, reflect, and relax along the way.
Your work is important. It’s so important that you need to pace yourself for life’s marathon.
So, if it’s been a long time and you haven’t been rewarded for your faithful service. Take 5 minutes and think about a way to reward yourself.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23