Life in our culture conditions us to achieve. We go to school as kids and work to get stars on our papers and behavior charts. We join the Cub Scouts or Brownies and strive to earn merit badges and move up the ranks. We get into middle school/high school and seek certificates for attendance and for the honor roll. We play sports to earn a letterman’s jacket, ribbons, trophies, etc.
Now, don't get me wrong. These things are certainly not bad.
However, they can get us thinking that life is about worldly rewards and rankings. Then, in our quest to keep achieving, we find God being pushed to the sidelines. Soon, all the things that God wants us to accomplish for His kingdom get lost amid the quest for ribbons and the desire to be recognized.
In the end, the greatest recognition we can receive is six words spilling from the lips of our Lord and Master. "Well done, good and faithful servant."