From the Pastor's Desk
The word motivate means to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel. It means to have a strong reason to act or accomplish something.
I once read about a secret motivation that Lebron had that he said helped him win a championship for Cleveland. He said that when he left Miami and people who he thought he had strong, trusting relationships with, told him that he was making the biggest mistake of his career. This motivated him to win a championship to prove them wrong. Now whether you're a Lebron James fan or not, this is a great illustration of someone using motivation to help them reach a certain goal.
Now we have all kinds of things we use to motivate us in life. Having a paycheck on payday is enough motivation to get us up each morning to go to work. Getting straight A's and the potential of getting a nice college scholarship is enough motivation to get up each morning for school and work hard throughout the day to learn. The phrase, “Happy Wife Happy Life” is enough motivation to keep her happy.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul said, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” You see we must understand that though there is nothing wrong with being motivated to strive for things in this life, there is a far greater goal to strive for. In Philippians 3:14, Paul said, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul understood that his goal was to achieve everything God had called him to do. He also understood that there was a prize awaiting him. What is motivating you today?