7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead. 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:7-14, New Living Translation)
Pam (Not her real name) is a personal trainer I met several years ago. I used to do 5Ks. Don’t get to excited. If I had meant run, I would have said “run” and not “do.” I walked almost every step of a 5K (3.1 miles). I only ran in some of my early races (and no where near all of it then). I started having knee pain. I went to the doctor, who sent me to an orthopedic surgeon who had x-rays and an MRI done. He said I had a partially torn meniscus and a lot of arthritis in my knees. He said that I couldn’t run anymore but walking would still be good. So, I started walking.
It was about this time that I met Pam. She was never my trainer but I did talk with her a lot, particularly when our races were on the same course. Pam ran 10Ks and up. One morning before a race we were standing around talking. I said there was a 5K coming up some where in the next could of weekends. I said, “Why don’t you come run it. Pam said, “I don’t get out of bed for a 5K, They called us to start and that ended the discussion.
It does make me think, however, what makes you get out of bed in the morning. Running (or walking) a 5K would get me out of bed on a Saturday morning, but no other day, not every day anyway.
Another way of asking the same question is, what are you passion about?
What gets you out of bed? What motivates you. What is your vision for the remainder of your life?
I have heard some people say, “My paycheck is what motivates me to get out of bed. I hate my job but I have to take care of my family and the paycheck does do that.”
I get it. I had the same motivation for several years. I worked for a cable TV company. I loved the work but I hated the company. When the company sold I thought things would get better. They didn’t, in fact they got worse. The company sold again and appeared to be getting even worse when I was laid off.
My next job was much better. My boss was better, her boss was better, The leading director was great. Again, I loved the work and I didn’t mind going to work. But I also left unfulfilled.
It wasn’t until I started doing what God called me to do that I really felt motivated to go to work each day. It wasn’t until I started being a faithful disciple that I felt fulfilled.
The work in the Church is not my only thing that motivates me. At a previous point I would go over to the school librarian and helped her and would listen to the elementary school kids read. I loved hearing their progress each week. I always felt like I was walking on clouds.
I preach every week. I listen to kids both at school and home.
I think what it is, I am motivated by something other than myself. Yes, it is about a paycheck but much more it lets me lead the way to a more profound experience with people. My motivation comes from God, the Bible, other people
Paul’s motivation isn’t money either, it is to serve . Then he makes the statement that he would give it all away for an opportunity to serve Christ,
Start thinking about those things. Start thinking about what motivates us. Beginning on Monday we are I want us to start working on a personal mission
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Seeking the genuine,
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