Last night, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I went to a restaurant with my lovely wife and two or our friends. We'd made reservations and when we arrived we had to wait about 1 minute before our table was ready. The hostess was a very friendly person who smiled and fussed over us as we got seated. The waitress was absolutely perfect. She was friendly but not chatty. She offered some suggestions on ordering but wasn't pushy. Our glasses were kept full, and the food was flawless. What's interesting about all this is that I didn't notice these things while I was there. In fact, I didn't notice any of these things while I was enjoying our meal with friends. And...that's how it supposed to be! No one visits a restaurant to see a charming hostess or a well mannered waitress. You go to be with your friends and family and eat good food. And if the service is right, you don't notice.
So goes the Christian life. Much of what we're striving hard to accomplish goes unnoticed by those around us. We're trying to speak correctly, have a good attitude, raise our children right, and avoid the vices of the world. But unless someone is really watching, being a good Christian doesn't garner much attention and virtually no tips! But there are rewards. Galatians 6:9 says, "So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Numbers 8-10