The question of the day on the radio this morning was, “What motivates you?’
Thinking this through and listening to some of the callers answers, this is a wide open question. I almost want to take a camera and microphone around campus and around town and ask random people. I wonder, “what answers would I get?”
- Employment opportunities
- A Paycheck
- Political issues
- Environmental issues
The list could potentially be endless.
What motivates me?
The apostle Paul gives a couple of answers:
- Heaven – I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Phi 3:14
- Christ’s love – For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Cor 5:14-15
As I look back on my life, from the time when I recall first beginning to have more responsibility for my actions and when I began consciously making choices for future, I see one overarching motivation. There seems to me one thematic unit that guides what I chose then and what I choose now.
I see this motivating factor in my choice of friends and activities in Junior High and High School.
This motivation played a role in who a tried to date and who I continued to date.
I see this same motivation in my choice of college and career.
I see how this thematic unit influenced who I asked to be my life-long partner in life – my wife.
This motivating factor played a role in the way we raised our son.
It moved me from ministry position to ministry position.
It is what drives the Morning Drive.
I can sum my motivation up in a few simple words that are not original with me, I have heard them from many others in my nearly 50 years of life.
What is my motivation?
“But for the grace of God, go I”
Grace. God’s amazing grace. In all fairness, I think that is what Paul was saying as well.
What motivates you?