Hope :: Motivation is Key

This message is two-fold.

I don’t know about you, but there are some things that I really lack motivation over. One of the biggest ones is exercise and working out. I have this desire (DEEEEEEEEEEP down) that I want to be super fit and want to be able to hold my own in hand-to-hand combat. Yes, I’m weird. No, I don’t care.

Anyway, one of the things that is most important for this, but sorely lacking, is motivation. I don’t NEED to be super fit and all that. So when the choice comes to sit and read or do pushups? You’d better believe the only thing I’m pushing up is a sleeve because I’m warm cuddled under my blanket and drinking hot tea.

Working in security has changed my perspective some. Not a lot, because where I work security, I’ll probably never need to defend myself, and even if I do, I’ll always have backup. However, as we’ve done some little training sessions, I’ve realized how ill-prepared I am to even defend myself if I were to get attacked out on the street some night. I always thought I had enough ideas in my mind that I’d figure it out. Boy was I wrong! Haha!

This has given me the push – the motivation – to actually do something about my fitness level, rather than just grumbling that I never make any changes.

So, that’s the first type of motivation: the external drive to DO something, anything. This motivation can come in many forms, but it’s how we’re able to stick with things, especially those we don’t enjoy doing. There’s usually something on the outside that’s causing us to make the decision to stick with it.

The other type of motivation I’m going to talk about is an internal motivation. This has to do with the WHY. This is the drive that comes from within yourself and gives you purpose in your everyday living.

One of the things the New Testament of the Bible talks about is your motivation for doing good. It talks about how if you’re doing good so that you can pat yourself on the back and be praised for it, that praise is the only reward you’re ever going to get. However, if you do good because it’s the right thing to do and because you want to just treat people as human beings, it’s a completely different thing.

When you’re motivated by greed of any sort – fame, money, etc. – you’re always left feeling empty and unfulfilled. When you’re motivated by kindness, you constantly have an influx of positivity and grace.

Both of these kinds of motivations – internal and external – are necessary for our lives. What’s driving you?

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