Thought about the quote: As long as you don't make the mistake of generalizing recognition. When I was in the package world, the idea was recognition=company merchandise. There's more to recognition than that, it's something personal. I think that part of the need is for management personnel to be leaders enough that they know the people working for them, and are aware of how to recognize each individual's efforts. This makes recognition about saying that not only did you notice the work, you know the person, and value the individual.
Rev. 3:1 --a NAME that you are alive, but are dead---a false name, a false reputation
Rev. 3:4 --a few NAMES that are worthy---true names, with a reputation known by God
Rev. 3:5 --a retained NAME, not blotted out, but confessed, admitted to, before the Father
Isaiah 7:9 Established by trust in the Word of the Lord---not by human strength
Proverbs 11:24 ->hoarding leads not to wealth, but to poverty. It is the one who takes thought of others who becomes wealthy.
Proverbs 11:31 ->rewarded--has the force of 'repaid' more than anything here. If the righteous still deal with consequences for their sin, won't the wicked? (is this perhaps why the wicked sometimes prosper on earth? because they'll be facing eternal consequences?)
1 Samuel 7:7 ->God's people assembled is a threat to the ungodly.
1 Samuel 7:12 ->don't forget how far the Lord has been our help
1 Timothy 2:8 -> By what right does Paul tell Timothy what 'all men' should do? By the right of the authority of God's Word! Realize that Paul's authority rested in the inspired Word of God. Just because he was the one being inspired to write it, doesn't mean that he was allowed to make up things on the side. His authority, and our authority, resides in the Word, not ourselves. WE don't allocate 'apostolic' authority to non-canonical sayings or writings of Peter, Paul, John or any others. Only where they were being inspired to write inspired Scripture. Church history seems to be the same way.