God’s Word for Today: Motivation. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find a complete and total lack of motivation. Whether it comes from a certain phase of the moon, or maybe the cyclic path of our bodies, there are just times when motivation can take the back door. I don’t like motivation, I don’t want motivation, I refuse to have motivation.
Most of the time, this can be overcome with a good cup of coffee. I suppose if you really dug deep into what actually happened when you drink coffee, you could point fingers at being motivated by caffeine. That seems to be the obvious reason for finding motivation. But, think about the times when even that first sip of coffee is all you really need, and the light switch is turned on, motivation has its jump start, let’s see what this day is going to throw at me.
Every sip of coffee after that first one is just for the sake of not wasting a good cup of coffee. Think about the motivation it took to get out of bed, stumble into the kitchen and make that pot of coffee. Or maybe, you are one of those who have a little motivation the night before and prep your automatic coffee maker, timer and all, to make sure that black substance of goodness is ready for you to simply poor into a cup first thing in the morning. Does that motivation you have the night before jump start you the next day?
If that isn’t the secret to motivation, I am not sure I have anything left to say. We can now turn to a motivational speaker and get their input. Yesterday, we briefly brought up the subject of said speakers. Zig Ziegler comes to mind. Then there is some Maxwell dude. Amway is full of them. They all get you pumped up and ready to tackle the world. And for only a few hundred dollars, you will have all the motivation you need to be successful.
Personally, I feel that after attending one of these motivational type meetings, a person’s true motivation is simply trying to get their initial investment back. But of course, if the motivational speaker is doing his job, there is a guarantee attached. I wonder if anybody has ever had their money refunded because they just plain, “did not get motivated”?
Hebrews 12:1-2. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Simply put, when you put on the cloak of Christian, everybody is watching you. These two verses have a little motivational push included. It is not saying to worry about what others think, but rather is saying that everyone is watching you, so to set an example, you need to do your best. You need to have the motivation to run the race life has laid in front of you. And as a reference, it says, look what Jesus had to go through. Not for himself, but strictly for you.
I wonder what Jesus was like as a teenager? I bring that question up because if ever there is an example of the pure lack of motivation, it is a teenager. When they hit that stage of thinking their parents are idiots and mean and not kind, is the same time all motivation seems to have flown out of their bedroom window. The only motivation is how late can I stay awake at night on my cellular, (in my day it was listening to an 8 track tape, headphones of course, and reading a book) and then, how long can I milk this sleeping in thing before I totally drive my parents to the breaking point? Do you suppose Mary and Joseph had to go into Jesus’ room like 3 or 4 times and tell him to get out of bed? Did Mary and Joseph have to have a little “sit down” talk with Jesus and get Him motivated to at least pick up his dirty clothes? Interesting thought. What did Jesus do late at night when his teenage brain and body were going through the transition from child to adult? Did Jesus stomp around, shoulders drooping, mumbling under his breath because he had to get up early and go help Joseph do some Carpenter stuff?
Today, note that none of that really matters. What matters is what Jesus eventually got around to. Jesus’ 3 years of ministry that changed the world. Jesus three days of overcoming death that changed the future of you and I. Where did Jesus ever find the motivation to carry all of this out. He knew he was going to suffer ridicule. Jesus knew they were going to beat him, and beat him, and nail him to a cross. Jesus knew exactly how and when he was going to die. How on earth did Jesus ever find a hint of motivation to get up every day and preach the Good News? Pretty simple, Jesus turned to the ultimate motivator. Daily, Jesus prayed. God gave Jesus everything He needed to get motivated. God will do the same for you. All you need to do is ask…………daily…………..
Prayer. My Lord, maker and creator of all Good. Today I come to you looking for some motivation. Forgive me Father for the days I just want to sleep. Forgive me for the days I really do not want to do the work you have called me to do. Lord, I need your Grace. I want your motivation. You gave me more than I will ever deserve. So God, through you, I know I can give to others. In Jesus’ the ultimate motivational speaker, name I pray. Amen.