I struggle with motivation. Almost daily, I know of something I should do, but do not want to do it. I often feel like Paul’s description in Romans 7 where Paul describes himself as a prisoner to sin.
Romans 7:23-24 “…waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?”
1st Perspective of Motivation
Many days, I am motivated by accomplishing tasks. I make sure that I my goals align with my dream. I read books like Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But unlike some people, I am not very successful at following a list. Don’t get me wrong, I do like making a list and crossing things off, but I generally end up making a list of things, completing and crossing off some things, and the feeling very guiltily that I didn’t do more. So guilty, in fact, I don’t want to even look at the list the next day.
What do you do when important things come up, and it is not one of the things on your list. As a mom, there are many things I do every day that don’t go onto a list very well. This morning my intentions were to write this blog, and for over an hour, my daughter wanted to play on my lap (to keep the computer out of her reach required that I kept it out of mine). I think that sometimes I just need to take those opportunities. Can I add spend time with my daughter to the list so that I can cross it out?
Although I do know some people who are very successful at their to-do list, I am not sure that it works for me.
2nd Perspective of Motivation
On other days, I am motivated by pleasure seeking. If I want to watch an entire season of a show on Netflix, I do. If I want to hang out with a friend, I do.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes when still using this motivation I am not completely immature. Someday, I want to my family to own our home, so we save. Someday, I want to write Bible Studies, so I work on my writing skills though this blog.
Truthfully, this is how I have lived the last week. Since last week’s blog, I was given permission to start and complete my last round of chemo. So exciting, but I also became sick with non-chemo related symptoms at the same time. I didn’t want to do much last week, and I didn’t.
In other instances, our motivation is trying to avoiding uncomfortable situations. I do dishes so that I am not embarrassed when people knock on the door or so that when we eat we have clean dishes.
But the down side of that motivation is that it tends to be very self-centered, which isn’t very Biblical. And seeking pleasure doesn’t bring as much joy as you might think. It brings frustration when many things are urgent, because you been doing what you want. When I only do what I want I feel like it doesn’t leads to my true desire. Maybe that is why I often motivate myself by saying “You don’t get what you want, by just doing what you want.”
3th Perspective of Motivation
I am sure that their are many perspectives of motivation, but I considered one this week that I had never considered before.
As I have implied earlier, the last week of chemo was difficult for me, probably more difficult than it should have been. It is difficult to keep your thoughts in a healthy zone during chemo. While I was avoiding what I should be doing, I read these words.
“Because they had worshiped the Lord, they had peace in their hearts and could quietly wait for Him to work. Their hope had been strengthened, and they looked expectantly for him to accomplish His purposes in them, through them, and for them. They had confidence in the Lord that He would send help when they needed it.”
Warren Wiersbe used these words of describe the community of believers in Psalms 33:20-22 after they had worshiped the Lord. It occurred it me that life seemed hard because I had lost the worshiping perspective. When I have the worshiping perspective (how can I glorify God through obedience), God fills me with His purpose and His joy, which is better than anything that I could try to produce.
Hopefully, next week, I can show you more about how worship can be your motivation.
Please, leave any ideas you have about allowing worship to be your motivation in the comment section. I might included them in next weeks post.