(n) something awarded, as a payment or medal (synonym: honor)
I always thought the Awards Season began in January with the Golden Globes and culminated with the Oscars. Boy was I wrong.
Well, I was right on one account. It ends with the Oscars, but the Awards Season actually starts back in July of the previous year with the Imagen nominations (recognizing Latinos in entertainment), then works it way through kids, sports, location specific awards, television, music . . . you name it, there’s an award for it.
For the people in the various industries, a lot rides on both the nominations and the wins. They are validations by their peers or the industries’ leaders that their work has merit. But we all know that these decisions can be flawed, or at least don’t match our personal appraisals. We have often puzzled over a Best Movie selection and thrown a Dorito or two at the TV when our favorite actor or actress is overlooked for what we thought was a dynamic performance.
And for someone in the industry, it is tough to have to rely on human opinion to determine your professional worth (which sometimes all too often is internalized as personal worth.)
Fortunately, as Christians, our worth was determined before we were even born. (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:16), validated by God’s sacrifice (John 3:16), and secured for eternity (Jeremiah 31:3; John 10:28). And we don’t have to worry about awards to confirm we are loved or have value.
However the Bible does say we will receive rewards in heaven. And rewards are a bit different. A reward is something given in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship.
God (that perfect judge) has promised to recognize the merit (worth, excellence) of our service and the hardships we have endured on His behalf (James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Peter 5:4; Philippians 3:14).
Because we don’t have to rely on human affirmation, we can carry on working, serving, and loving without thought or worry about what others think, for we know we are of great worth and our rewards are secure and eternal.