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MOTIVATION

ARE YOU LACKING MOTIVATION IN YOUR LIFE?

Scripture tells us:
Colossians 3:23-24
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

WHATEVER we do, do it HEARTILY….as unto the Lord….as if HE is our boss.

I mention these verses often to people who are just lacking drive or have just a plain old negative attitude – particularly in their jobs.

Tony Robbins once quoted: “What you focus on you get more of.” If we think negatively – we will be negative, but if we turn that negative thinking into positive thinking, we will be more positive in our lives.

Negativity removes motivation. It makes us grumble, whine, complain and say “I CAN’T.” I have a rule in my house – we never say we CAN’T – because the real word is WON’T.

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

My husband is a good one for lack of motivation.  He is trying to start up a flooring business – one area of life in which the Lord has blessed him with an incredible talent.  But he goes at it, marketing it, talking about it, thinking about it on a very part time basis.  I keep telling him if he treats this like a part time job – that’s ALL it will EVER BE.  Business 101 right there.  He needs goals set before him daily otherwise he continually gets comfortable and forgets where he is trying to go. This is lack of motivation – it’s laziness – IT’S A LACK OF HUNGER for what he REALLY wants to do. He doesn’t work as unto the Lord because he sees it only as working for himself, and believes he’s just not deserving of a good running, successful, flooring business – that’s his negative attitude. He doesn’t put God in the equation enough. He doesn’t realize that by working harder, he can better support his family, provide the things they need, and be able to give to those in need as instructed by God. He looks at this through a self-defeatist lens instead of pushing hard towards the potential of what it can be – with God’s blessings.

I don’t blame him for this as MOST OF US have been beaten down in this life to some degree and don’t believe we deserve more than we have. We are told to conform, because to succeed isn’t fair to the poor. But if God is leading us, guiding us, how can we go wrong?

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

God doesn’t want us to be negative, or sluggards, or lazy, or lacking motivation, nor to have a negative image of self as we are HIS creation – made in HIS image. By saying we don’t deserve better is like saying HE doesn’t deserve better.

He helps those who help themselves.  He grows those who are willing to move forward and learn from their mistakes.  He blesses those who heed His teachings – and let me tell you – His teachings are not “be a negative Nell, sit on your duff, and wait for something to come along while doing nothing to change your circumstances.”

There’s an old country song that says “God has me right where I need to be.”  That is true in so many ways.  And sometimes He keeps us in a stagnant place because WE are stagnant.  He keeps us stuck, because we just refuse to move forward in our lack of motivation and laziness – whether spiritually, occupationally, relationally, etc.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE: My oldest daughter is in retail sales.  She keeps dreading one thing about her job:  sales.  She kept saying “I don’t like to PUSH things on people.”  No one does.  A huge part of that thought process is what we perceive about ourselves, the buyer, and the product – mostly unfairly and unjustified.

I suggested to my daughter to look at it from a different aspect; to see it from a helpful and SUGGESTIVE standpoint instead of a PUSHY stand point.  This was something I learned early on while working for fast food restaurants and retail – the art of “suggestive selling”.  I explained to her how she might actually be helping others while suggestive selling instead of hurting or bothering them. Again, it’s all in how you view it; your attitude and self talk on something will either motivate you, or hinder you.

We are called to be light in this world.  We are called to shine bright in Him.  How can we do that with negative attitudes, fear, disdain, worry, or lack of motivation?  I suggest always – first and foremost – everything you do, do it as if you are doing it FOR GOD.

If we SHINE before others, people notice it.  They notice our ambition, our confidence, our drive to always give 110% – in all we do.  They notice this because so few people actually do that.  Most people go to work just for the paycheck.  Most people just do the bare minimum of what is required of them to “get by”….and that is completely the wrong mentality and attitude to have. Christians should stand out in the crowd – not blend in – and we do that in MANY WAYS….including with our attitudes and motivation in our work.

If you have a job – ANY JOB – it is a blessing in your life.  If you don’t believe me – go seek out a homeless person or a blind person, or a quadriplegic.  Some blind people and quadriplegic’s have jobs – because they have the right attitude about their disability.  Those of us without a disability?  We are absolutely, unconditionally, and utterly without excuse.

Why do you suppose most people are so encouraged and in awe of someone without legs being a gymnast?  Or a man born with no arms or legs going and speaking to large groups of people in huge venues about his faith and joy in life?  It’s because they have the right attitude that most of us lack.  Don’t you want to shine like those people?  Don’t you wanna be seen as awe-inspiring by others like those amazing people are? Don’t you wanna be amazing too?

Anyone is capable of that.  We all have a story to tell and we all want to be seen as special and unique – yet for some reason, we all become unfeeling, unmotivated robotic people because of negative self talk and lack of faith.  We lack the drive to make our lives better….we lack the drive to GROW. We LACK the desire to please God in all we do.

This is what I want you to do today:  Ask yourself if there is an area in your life that you feel is just dreadful, boring, and you can’t stand it anymore and you want it to change.  Then look completely and openly at that area in your life and ask “how can I turn this around?  Is my attitude the problem here?  What positive thought process can I practice to make this one area of dread in my life turn completely around into one of the biggest joys in my life?  Or at the very minimum – a joyful daily thing?  Then write it down, put it somewhere you will see EVERY MORNING WHEN YOU GET MOVING FOR YOUR DAY.  Read it daily – repeat it daily, and you will find it start to change your life.

Remember – the definition of insanity is expecting something to change while repeatedly doing the same thing(s) over and over again.

To grumble, to lack motivation, to dread, worry and fret – these are all things God doesn’t want for us.  It’s a self-defeatist thing that needs to be worked through.  He loves each and every one of us as we are all unique, beautiful and loved creations of His.  I’m not telling you to be rich, but I am telling you to find more joy in your every day life….through Him and His desires for us. And maybe – just maybe – God may richly bless you in your attempts – with prayerful assistance from Him – to be all that He intended you to be.

A smile is contagious, ambition is admired, and passion for something is extremely attractive to others because most lack it.

WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT HEARTILY AS TO THE LORD, AND NOT UNTO MEN.

Peace to you all, today and every day.

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