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"Photo Albums"Stuart JonesBonuses, rewards, and promotions… those are sometimes the carrots at the end of the stick. Work hard and get something extra, or so seems how we handle many situations in our work life. And often an expectation is created – do more, get more. Let’s be honest, how good does that make a person feel? How much motivation comes from a physical reward? It’s not just at work where this comes into play; it can happen at home with children. “If you do (fill in the blank for the behavior that is desired), you will get (fill in this blank with a thing the child wants). But the toy gets broken, or the game is completed and grows out of favor, and the token of encouragement is gone with little or nothing of it left behind. Paul did not send monetary rewards or prizes to those he recognized in his letters. To those in Colossi, as with those in other cities he wrote to, he sent encouragement. And he challenged them to encourage each other with the power of “thank you” or “keep up the good work”. Paul knew the power of greetings and thank you and letting people know they were not alone. Exercise that same power as we see those who work so hard to do the work of the Lord here on earth – give encouragement. “A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential” (John C. Maxwell).