2012-06: Motivate Me
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I need some motivation...

‘They’ say, write from what you know. Well alright then. What I know at the moment is that I need some motivation. There’s a list of things I need to complete, some decisions that need to be made. I’m not lacking things to do - just the inspiration and energy to get it all happening. Judging by the comments on my friends’ Facebook pages, I’m not the only one suffering this malaise. Good to know. Now to conquer it.  One friend’s theory is that we all tend to experience a lag during the winter months. I certainly know I’d like to hibernate as the days grow shorter and colder. 

But it causes me to consider: Did Jesus ever struggle with a lack of motivation?  

Well, no - I don’t think so.  Don’t get me wrong, being fully human, I believe He struggled with physical fatigue and the effects of the elements and climate on His body. I also believe He experienced soul and spirit fatigue as well. Giving out to others and tending to the demands of the crowds, imparting to and instructing His disciples...and all that walking! There’s no doubt Jesus felt tired. But I don’t believe He ever lacked motivation.  

So why do I?

There are a variety of factors that can lead to a lack of motivation but here are a few that I’ve pondered as I’ve undertaken some self-examination, and considered the example of our Saviour:

Sometimes I allow how I feel have too much say over what I do. I listen to my Self way too much sometimes.  Self can get noisy.  “I just don’t feeeel like it.”  “I feeeel too tired (too inadequate, too headachey, too overwhelmed, too .... )”  

How Jesus felt never stopped Him from carrying out what He knew He had to do. Hunger and fatigue didn’t cause Him to give into what the enemy offered, nor kept Him from travelling to places to which God led Him. The overwhelming demands of the crowd never kept Him from ministering to the individual. Stress that caused blood-sweat didn’t prevent Him from going to Calvary. 
Jesus never let the voice of His feelings allow pre-eminence in His decisions and desires.

Sometimes I fail to recognise or value the importance of my tasks (especially the menial ones), or I am not able to immediately see the benefit of my efforts in what I’ve completed.

Jesus kept both a short-term and long-term view of all He did. He kept connected with the Father’s vision and the Father’s heart, and thus He prioritized what He put His hand and heart to. He trusted that what He didn’t see now, He would see fruitfully fulfilled in the future.

Sometimes I lose sight of why I’m doing something, get bogged down in details, andquestion my ability to successfully finish what I’ve started. If I lose sight of what Father God is doing and how what I am doing fits into His Kingdom plans, if I fail to remember that it is God that has called and enables me to do it in the first place, then I very likely may experience a deceleration of motivation. However, this was Jesus’ testimony: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19)

So, I guess that may mean I need to re-examine my list of things to do, seeing them in the light of a Kingdom perspective. Perhaps I’ll have to do some weeding out of particular tasks; definitely some weeding out of my attitudes. I may have to give myself a good talking to and encourage that loud-mouthed Self not to be dictated to by feelings, but by my beliefs. That may mean I need to set my Self aside for some time with God to be reoriented in what His plans and priorities are for my day, asking: “Lord, what is on Your agenda for this day, and how can I best serve and honor You in it?” and then trust Him to provideeverything that I need to live well for Him that day.

Living life well with Jesus as our focus and source is a great revenge against an enemy who wants to keep us unfruitful, unfulfilled and unmotivated.

 


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