Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Walk with God

September 23, 2010

What’s my motivation?

I put in quite a few hours every week working on this, that, and the other.  One day I was struggling for the motivation to keep it all going and it occurred to me that my goal in life is actually very simply stated.

I want to daily walk with God.

I want to encourage others, in their walk with God.

As I go through each day, I remind myself of these simple goals.  I try to keep my spiritual eyes open to the presence of God in my life and in the lives of others.

It provides motivation.


School Speech

September 9, 2009

Work hard.

Dream big.

Overcome adversity.

Take personal responsibility.

Contribute to society.

I certainly can’t say that I have any problems with the President’s speech to students.  I especially liked the part about taking personal responsibility.  I regularly pray for myself, my family and friends, that we will make good choices and good decisions. 

I pray for our country as well, that our governmental leaders will choose wisely in the decisions that are made on behalf of the country. 

I sometimes wonder if our country is not going down a different road.

Complain loudly.

Expect big things to be given to you.

Run over opposition.

Blame others for problems.

Take, take , take from those in society, who have anything left.

Perhaps we all need to listen to the President’s speech, and take it to heart.

The Carrot or the Stick?

April 18, 2009

We have probably all seen the cartoon of someone riding a donkey, holding a stick with a carrot dangling from a string in front of the donkey’s nose.  The donkey, not being very smart, sees the carrot in front of them and moves ahead in pursuit of the ever elusive carrot.

When that approach no longer works, the rider can take the stick and smack the donkey on the rump to provide a little additional motivation.

What motivates us?  Is it the promise of reward? Or the  fear of punishment?  Do we have other options?

I would like to think that we are motivated by something that is more than simply the threat of punishment or the promise of reward.  I would like to think that we can be motivated by the present, presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.   

The presence of the Holy Spirit provides ultimately all that we need to fulfill the calling of God in our lives.  If we have been made alive in the spirit, then we can learn to walk in the power, and presence, of the Holy Spirit.  It is not dependent either on the threat of punishment or the promise of reward but rather on an internal quickening, that is not something of this world, but something that is  expressed in this world by a changed life.

God can sometimes use the carrot or the stick, but I think that it is better to be motivated by the Holy Spirit that is a very real presence in the lives of those who seek to walk with God.

Why Exercise?

April 7, 2009

I  exercise regularly.  Lately, I have been finding it more difficult to be motivated to go through my workouts.  I groan and sigh as I approach the gym.   The other day as I was stretching before starting a run, I asked a person who was nearby, why we bother to exercise.  Their response was stated almost as a a question.


I haven’t been bored in twenty five years.  That is not the answer.

Health, loose weight, look better, feel better, come on, I needed some motivation and boredom was definitely not the problem.

As I began to run my laps, (Kind’ve like a gerbil on a wheel, oh wait, that is the people on the treadmills!) it struck me why I exercise.  It is not because I want to lose weight, although I do.  It is not simply so that my heart will stay healthy, although that certainly is a good thing.  It is definitely not because I am bored, have nothing else to do, or that I think it is fun.

I exercise so that I can enjoy a better quality of life. 

I like the fact that as I approach fifty, I can still do almost any activity that I want to participate in, without fear of having a heart attack, or other physical problems.  (I say almost, because my sons, who are young adults,  tried to talk me into going to a mixed martial arts class with them.  I thought about it, and decided that it was probably not a good idea.) 

I enjoy good health and that contributes to being better able to enjoy life.    

That is why I exercise, for quality of life.

Self Motivated

December 13, 2008

In my life I have had a variety of different jobs.  I have worked in grocery stores and convenience stores.  I have been a janitor, worked in machine shops and worked on a pipe crew. I have been in the Marine Corp as a tanker, and as a clerk.  I am currently the  pastor of a church, and a teacher in a community college.

One of the things that is most difficult about my current employment is that it requires one to be self motivated.  It is much easier to have a job that you punch in when you start, and punch out when you are done.   You work while you are on the clock and when you are off the clock you are done.  When I had those kinds of jobs it was easy for me to leave my job at work. 

Now my jobs go with me everywhere. 

I remember when I was a teenager living at home.  My parents owned and operated a couple of small grocery stores.  Every once in a while I would find my mother working in the office at home in the middle of the night.  She would tell me that if she couldn’t sleep, she might as well be getting something done.

I now know what that is like.

I always have more to do than I can possibly get done.  This means that I have to prioritize and do those things that are most important first.  If I can find someone to do some of the things, great, but there are things that simply won’t get done. 

It also means that I must constantly push myself to do what needs to be done.  The motivation must come from within.  In my case, it comes from a desire to serve God in the place and in the manner that I believe to be his will.  That provides a powerful motivation.  I believe that I am doing what I do in the service of God.

I also know that it is not his will that I work myself to an early grave, so I try to be balanced in the life that I live. 

I am pretty sure that I am not there yet.