There are two important aspects which we tend to overlook:
It just takes some time to reflect over why we are doing an action. Our rewards largely depend on this. At all times we should check our intention.
Similarly, we have to prioritise ourselves. This is the lesson of the incident of Rabee’ bin Sulaiman who sacrificed his journey of Hajj to assist the plight of a destitute family who turned out to be the family members of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Through carrying out the right action at the right time with sincerity, he gained his forgiveness.