After working with a very difficult client Suzy was rewarded by the client using someone else to close the sale and receive the commission. A friend gave her with a paperweight that’s inscribed, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”
As we consider our post-Lenten commitments and where to take our new found energy, I’m reminded that no vocation worth having, no relationship worth being in, and no cause worth dedicating our energies to comes without cost. We pour out our life’s energy, knowing that often pain and heartbreak accompanies our efforts. Our offering, our pouring out of ourselves for something or someone else is what we called to do. In spiritual terms it’s called sacrifice, and in a way it is what we are each called to do. The possible resultant pain and heartbreak is not punishment. It may feel that way, but it is hardly a description of what happens.