Staying Motivated

…One thing I do: …I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.                 Philippians 3:13-14

hat’s your motivation? – We all have certain things that contribute to our desire to get up in the morning. Some thrill seekers live to jump out of airplanes for the adrenaline rush. While others pursue fame and fortune. While captive in a prison cell for advancing the faith, the apostle Paul no doubt had something of greater substance to keep him motivated. I’d like to share five things with you that have kept me going in times of crisis, adversity, and just being tired.
First of all, here are some things that I choose NOT to be my motivation:
MONEY – We all need it to survive, but I learned long ago, to never make life-changing decisions based upon the acquisition of money alone. If you do, the time will come when you will “Sell out” to a bad choice, thinking that more money is the answer to life’s problems.
ACCEPTANCE – I’ve had the same hairstyle since I was eight years old. Gaining the acceptance of those around me is very low on my list of worthy accomplishments. You don’t have to be “weird” to march to the beat of a different drum…do you?
GUILT – Many people respond to “Guilt Trips” placed upon them by others. If you do, you will find yourself endlessly striving to fulfill someone else’s agenda.
So here’s what DOES keep me going:
VISION: I know where I’m going. This does not mean I have everything completely figured out, but I do live with purpose. Having a sense of direction will hold me steadfast in the many storms I face in life.
RESPONSIBILTY: I understand that no one else can or will take MY journey for me. I cannot expect anyone else to do the things that I am supposed to be doing. Carrying my part of the load, earns me the respect of those around me.
ACCOUNTABILITY: If I quit, I have only myself to blame. I cannot excuse my laziness or complacency, by pointing fingers at others. I am obligated to God and to myself, to live a life of integrity.
FULFILLMENT: I believe life without a challenge is boring. I want to experience the exhilaration, of making my life count for something, more than the next big thrill ride at an amusement park. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction (not to be confused with entertainment) in achieving something of significance.
FREEDOM: As long as I have a choice, I choose to go on. Freedom, knows that you have no limits to what you can accomplish. Freedom does not give us a license for rebellion or the right to do nothing. Freedom says, “In spite of life’s circumstances, adversity, and challenges, I choose to press on, because I can!”
Keep Pressin' Through!