The Grammys took place a few days ago to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Soon after that, the Super Bowl took place recognizing the most outstanding team in the NFL. One player was even chosen as the MVP to recognize his outstanding achievements during the game.
We love to recognize people with awards, which I don’t really have a problem with…okay…to be honest I do have a little bit of a problem. When I used to teach elementary school I tried to stay away from awards for a few reasons:
- First, I wanted to prepare my students for life where you aren’t often recognized (and often shouldn’t be) for your effort.
- Second, I wanted my kids to do what was right because it was the right thing to do…not because they’d be recognized with an award.
- Third, sometimes the kids who were recognized didn’t really work that hard, while the kids who worked the hardest weren’t recognized at all.
- Fourth, when I saw kids recognized with awards it often led to pride…kind of like when adults are recognized with awards.
Despite the negative feelings I might have about giving people awards, if I had to choose some things that should be recognized, at the top of the list would be: staying married. When people have stayed married for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years it’s a wonderful achievement that should be celebrated.
This past week my wonderful parents celebrated their 40th Year Anniversary. I just want to recognize them and say, Thank You. As a son, second only to watching my parents serve the Lord (which is another way they’ve really blessed me) there’s no greater gift they could give me. I’m so thankful for them and the example they’ve set, and the commitment they’ve made to each other, to my wife, my children, to our church, and most importantly to the Lord.
Mom and Dad: I love you both so much. Thank you. I’m very honored to be your son.