Have you ever done such an intense workout that your body felt like jello afterward? Your arms would scream at you every time you made a left turn on your drive home. Your legs trembled when you attempted to flop into bed. Or, your abs would wince at the very thought of motion.
Then comes your hero: Mr. Heating pad or Ms. Ice pack. Separately or together, they make you feel so much better and make you feel that maybe, just maybe, it was all worth it. Then, after a wonderful night’s rest, you’re motivated to do it all again.
We all need some motivation to get through each and every day. We start off our mornings in prayer and in the Word because we need to be motivated to let go of our pride or to love our enemies. In order to get through a long study session, we set goals to motivate our minds and study on. To motivate us to get gas, the gas light will come on in your car.
Humans need motivation.
Well then, here’s some motivation!
Motivation #1 Forgiveness: A Mother Forgives the Man Responsible for the Death of Her Son
One of the hardest things to do in this life is to forgive people after they deeply wound you. Forgiveness is so tricky. Do you make the first move? Do you wait for the other person to forgive you first? What if the other person never apologizes?
I had to confront forgiveness at a young age when God let me know that I had to choose between bitterness or salvation…. It’s that serious. When we don’t forgive, we allow bitterness to take control of our heart. (James 3:11)
In this powerful Ted Talk, one woman applied forgiveness when the rest of the world was determined to be bitter.
Motivation #2 Time Management: How Successful People Spend their Time
You have 24 hours to your day. I have 24 hours to my day. Yet, somehow some people seem to have more time to get stuff done than I do.
I’ve got to have devotions, go to work, work on my blog, get gas for my car, cook dinner, put away laundry, make my smoothie, grab the newspaper by the mailbox, and pay a bill. Somehow all of this is supposed to occur approximately between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm. (I really mean approximately).
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28.
In God’s Word, we find that God desires for us to live a purposeful life. This translates to: use your time wisely. If you struggle with managing your time, seek out resources to help you. Is it hard for you to say no? List your priorities and ask God to help you to stick to them and not try and be all things to all people. Check out this Ted Talk for more tips.
Motivation #3 Live Fearlessly: We Know How Fear Feals; Learn What Your Fears Mean
Which would you say is easier? Being fearful or being courageous? Not an easy question to answer is it? God created us to be courageous, but with sin in the picture, we become fearful of certain situations.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
So, it’s time to put fear in its place. Debunk your fears and surrender them to God. Check out this video about putting your fears in check.
Motivation #4 Happiness: Live Life to the Fullest
In the same way that we were created to give and receive love, we were created to inspire and be inspired. God’s will for our lives has many faucets. He desires for us to love our family (1 Timothy 5:8), love our friends (Proverbs 18:24), work hard and well (Colossians 3:23), enjoy life (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13), and spread the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).
Just because we’re a Christian does not mean we are doomed to a miserable life of loneliness and boredom. Instead, God desires for us to flourish. Flourish I tell you!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
God did not promise that bad times would not come your way. Instead, he warns us of an adversary who is determined to steal our joy. The Enemy determines every single day to put you in a position where you lose site of God’s design for your life—a design in which you prosper. Check out this next Ted Talk.
Motivation #5 Legacy: Living a Life Beyond Right Now
When I came upon this Ted Talk, it really made me stop and think. What type of life am I living? Then after a few moments of pondering, I realized that any answer that didn’t coincide with the Word of God should not be my answer.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
God’s Word says it so perfectly. Love…joy…gentleness….faith…. These were all aspects of Jesus’s character that helped shape his legacy. Over two thousand years later and Jesus is still known for His goodness. Yes, many of His actions are recorded in the gospels, but there is a reason why we recall them.
What type of legacy have you built thus far? Are you known for your meekness? How about your temperance, are you known for living a temperate lifestyle? Check out this video, it really reminded me of what is most important in this life.
You’ve come to the end of this most. Are you motivated?? I hope so. Write a comment below and share which video was your favorite and why. Can’t wait to read your thoughts.