When we returned from our long flight from the Philippines, there was a pretty good size container filled with mails that was waiting for us. So, I volunteered myself on opening all the letters. Most of it were notices from providers for the next doctors appointment, Insurance updates, Ads, pre-approved credit cards, classified envelopes, magazines and news papers offers. But one of them came from Nielsen, and it has a dollar bill enclosed with it.
So what is Nielsen and what are they doing?
The Nielsen Consumer Survey is a national media research study collecting over 200,000 surveys per year in over 120 local areas like yours. We gather information about radio listening, newspaper and magazine reading, television viewing, leisure activities and shopping habits. The information is used by local radio stations, television stations, newspapers, magazines, advertisers, and retailers to understand what consumers are listening to, reading, viewing and buying.- Source: www.nielsensurveys.com
Enclosed in the envelope was a survey form, a return envelope paid by them and a mailing instructions.
Once the roughly 10 minutes Consumer Survey Booklet is completed, and mailed back to Nielsen using the enclosed pre-paid envelope, they promised to mail back another small token or a CASH GIFT as appreciation for each successful participation in their Consumer Survey or a $5 bill. So basically, they are willing to pay you a total amount of $6 bill for giving them the information of your most watched channels, answering questions like favorite restaurants, and shopping habits. There were few personal questions like age, common language you speak at home, household size, race, and yearly income range. In the last page, they asked you to sign it to verify that all the answers you provided are true. And of course, you don’t want to sign it if the answers aren’t true!
Once I completed the survey form with Joshua’s help, I immediately placed it in the mail box. My expectations was so high, after three days, I was thinking I will received my other $5 in the mail box. But, one week had passed and followed by another week, Nielsen envelope didn’t show up! I was getting impatient, and felt like double-crossed. Why not? I invested my time, effort, and my mind in it. I was even tempted to call the 1800 hotline! But, thank God, I didn’t call them. The third week, I finally give in. I prayed.
One morning, I acknowledged that God is the source of everything, and if it His will for me to receive my payment from the work I did for Nielsen, IT WILL BE DONE ACCORDING TO HIS PLAN, AND HIS TIME.
The moment I surrendered my rights of being paid, instantly my heart was filled with peace. I no longer expect if Nielsen will get back to me, not even had a bad thoughts towards Nielsen like they weren’t true to what they promised, that they were a fraud. Yes I confessed, that was an awful thought. I even stopped checking the mail box daily, and let others did it! HA! BUT THE GOOD NEWS, that same day in the afternoon when the mail run, Joshua came back with lots of envelopes in his hands. I was VERY surprised when I heard from him, there’s a letter from Nielsen. When I opened it, Mr. Abraham Lincoln say hello to me.
Change of Heart
I didn’t had any expectations. My main goal was to checked our mails and made sure that we didn’t miss any immediate letters. When I was opening the letters, and found the dollar bill, I was amazed. Why? It didn’t happen everyday. It’s different to find a dollar in the envelope. I knew some people who needs to work a long time, and spend an hour just to earn an amount less than that! On my part, its not a hard earn labor, but a BAIT!
Even before Nielsen, I was pretty occupied of the thought of working and earning at home. There is no dire need for me to do it, Joshua, my husband, is not even forcing me, BUT I feel like I need to start doing it now, as a preparation for my desire in homeschooling our daughter. I need to discipline myself, and investing ample of time to re-established myself again, use my acquired skills, and as Joshua advised to me grab the opportunity that will across my way. In my heart, I’ve been praying for this.
Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pocket-unknown
So when the Nielsen envelope showed up, I got excited. For me, it’s an opportunity that I shouldn’t waste. It’s a work that I can perform at home. I thought its an answer to my prayer. But, the actual answer to my prayer is me being reminded the actual condition of my heart–that my sufficiency and peace will not come from the Nielsen envelope after they recognized my work in answering that survey form, and I will get paid. That my peace is not worth an Abraham Lincoln (No offense to President Lincoln). That my peace and sufficiency comes from our Lord Jesus Christ. Citing this quote from the book of Larry Burkett, “Success comes from having the proper aim as well as the right ammunition”.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. -Psalm 139:23-24