In everything on this earth that is worth doing, there is a stage when no one would do it, except for necessity or honor.
~G.K. Chesterton, from What’s Wrong With the World?
People seek praise from the time they are children, and that continues throughout adulthood. We only really mature, however when we grow from praise-motivation to motivation of honor.
There are moments of tedium in anything that is worth doing, and they must be survived out of necessity or honor if we are to continue along the right path. We survive the moments of doubt or difficulty in our marriage or career or even a football game not through pleasure of convenience, but through honor. Honor glues us to our task when none of the ordinary creature comforts are there to sustain us. Honor is the noble and self-effacing commitment to do what is right because it is honorable—not because it is personally gratifying.
Honor is our divine basis because the only real standard is God, and in the end, only His evaluation of our life will matter.
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.