What motivates us? My friend recently sent me a video about motivation. It was an encouraging word that delves into how we talk ourselves into (and out of) our own way.
Motivation is defined as the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. The reason or reasons we act a certain way? Hhhmmm. Now that is a double entendre if I ever heard one. We can act like we are busy without actually doing anything. Easy peasy. We can behave as if we are going all out for something, without actually going anywhere. Check. That's exactly what the speaker was saying. It's about the little decisions that we make everyday to do absolutely nothing.
We hit the snooze button, we don't return that phone call, we are not balancing our checkbook. These acts (and oh so many more) are considered by most of us a lack of action. In reality they are actions. Actions with consequences. Each tiny decision that we make each day contributes to our overall success or lack there of. Yikes.
2 Corinthians 7:1 MSG
"With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God."
What are the promises that this passage speaks of? Back up just a little to 2 Corinthians 6:16 and God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people." It goes on to say in verse 18 "I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” Promises of relationship and life with God.
God promises us a particular action and asks us to do our part. 'Make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without.' Lack of action is definitely a distraction. A distraction from the inside out. When we choose to pull the cover over our heads, we choose to be distracted from God's plan. When we choose to stick our head in the sand, we choose a lack of action. What are we waiting for? What is holding us back? We are!
How do we make alterations to our current situation? One suggestion I read was very intriguing. A young man conducted a social experiment. He decided to alter his dress in order to distinguish if there would be a difference in people's attitudes and actions towards him. He began with a general uptake in his attire and saw a definite change. As he began experiencing the potential for this change, he found himself eagerly ironing his shirts each morning in anticipation of his day. Rather than his old habit of distracted living and distant relationships, he was changing his circumstances and his potential from within.
Motivation. What behaviors in particular are you fond of 'not' doing? Take a close look. Are the no nothing decisions, all the little things we decide to not do, day in and day out, really distracting us from God's plan for our lives?
Take stock, redefine your perspective and change your attitude. Ask God to help you with your attitude towards motivation. You might even find your circumstances and potential changes right along with your attitude adjustment. Motivation that comes from God, adjusting our attitudes, will allow for potential. That kind of motivation that is potentially life changing.