A Rewarding Life

RewarderAs a finance executive, I see a large part of my role as supporting the other finance professionals in my organisation to do their job. So when they ask for help, I try to be literally by their side as quick as possible.

I had an instance today like that. Someone phoned me. They were getting frustrated with a spreadsheet that didn’t balance. They needed my help.

This time of year is my busiest time of year. So, naturally, I was in the middle of something else, something important, and urgent. But I stopped my work, to go and support them in theirs. Even though they were frustrated and had been trying to solve the problem for awhile, for me, it was a quick and easy fix.

They said “thank you”. I said “You’re welcome” and returned to my office, thinking no more of it.

Within an hour they came knocking on my door. The reason my door was closed was because I was on a national teleconference with other finance staff. Again, it was important, and couldn’t be time-shifted. But I waved them in, anyway. They just placed some chocolate wrapped in a thank you note on my desk and quietly left.

Wow! I love rewards! Rewards are unlike any other gift. In one sense, they are earned by the rewardee. Rewards aren’t given to the undeserving. But I was just doing my job. I didn’t expect a gift. So rewards are more about an expression of who the thoughtful, generous, Rewarder is.

Rewards are given by Rewarders as a special celebration of you – they break you out of the drudgery of life and make stress instantly melt away. Even a dog’s life is made special by a reward! Whether you’re looking at money, technology or training, rewards can enhance  your efforts. If you’ve been feeling a bit down lately, or you’re not achieving the results you’d like to, perhaps it’s time to do a reward audit.

  • When was the last time you were rewarded? How did it make you feel?
  • When was the last time you rewarded someone else? How did that make you feel?

Rewarding is one of those transactions in life that feels good both ways.

I find it really interesting what God declares about what gives Him pleasure:

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

Imagine if that was me (or you) saying that! “Don’t even bother coming to my office unless you are totally sure I’m going to load you up with rewards. Otherwise I won’t be pleased!”

Did you know God gets grumpy when you don’t let Him bless you? The one thing that He defined as pleasing Him is believing He is a rewarder! He gets His kicks, His thrills, His buzz, His high from giving you rewards. Gifts that are His personal response to who YOU are and what you’ve done.

There’s no use even believing that God exists if you don’t believe that He is a rewarder. You may as well be an atheist, if you don’t let him reward you. It’s Who He IS!

I recently sent a gift to someone who brings enormous happiness into my world. They thanked me for the gift. But then said I was “very naughty” to send it and I shouldn’t send any more gifts. So, of course, I replied that I would totally rebel against their wishes. I can’t be a non-rewarder – it’s Who I AM!

So, how about you? Can you put some more rewards into your world?

I found it helpful to make a list of things you can do to reward yourself, and others, on a sustainable basis. Some things you might be able to find the time, energy and money to do every day (like sending a colleague an email complimenting them on a job well done).

Other things will require a lot more effort, time and cost, so you might only be able to do them every two years (like taking your family on an overseas trip). Make a list of things you can do weekly, fortnightly, 3 or 6 monthly etc.

Why should you do any of those things? Simply because it’s VERY rewarding. And, life without rewards isn’t your best life! (especially for finance executives 🙂

Please leave a comment, telling me about your favourite rewards (just to reward me for blogging).


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