What’s Your Motivation?
Today, I want to talk about motivation. I firmly believe that all of our decisions in life, good or bad, are motivated by something. Motivation, in my opinion, can be loosely defined as, "what influences us to choose or reject a course of action." In other words, it’s why we do what we do. Let’s take a moment to look at three common motivators in life.
1. Some people are motivated by their desire for possessions! There are people out there who truly believe that material possessions are the key to happiness. So they spend the majority of their time and energy trying to accumulate wealth. However, the Bible clearly states in Mark 8:36-37, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (37) Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" Always remember, lasting happiness can only be found in a meaningful relationship with our God.
2. Some people are motivated by the opinions of others! It is perfectly natural to want others to speak well of you. However, to live your life in a state of perpetual fear over the opinions of others is a recipe for disaster. The Bible says it best in Proverbs 29:25, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare…" Here is a liberating thought that I read on Pinterest, "You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm." In other words, refuse to please others at the expense of your own spiritual and emotional well-being.
3. Some people are motivated by hatred! These people have never quite been able to get over the negative things people have said or done to them in the past. Instead of releasing the hurt, they tend to rehearse it over and over again on the highlight reel of their mind. Yet, we cannot allow our disdain for other people to drive our decision making process. The Bible offers this advice in Romans 12:19, "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord." I want to encourage you to let go of the hatred of yesterday and free yourself from the heavy load of bitterness. Always remember, God can fix it better than you can.
We all have motivating factors that influence our decision making. Some people are motivated by possessions, some are motivated by opinions, and still others find themselves motivated by hatred. What is your motivation? I want to encourage you to allow your love for God, your commitment to family, and your concern for your fellowman to be your primary motivation in life. Blessings!!!
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.