Monday, July 23, 2012

The Power of Motivation

How does one motivate itself towards any undertaking? What causes it and its opposite - de-motivation? Here’s something I came across to answer this question in one company, To get employees to work on time, a Michigan company provides 45 parking spaces for 50 cars.”[1] When there are triggers created, then the desired motivation is achieved. Another story to illustrate the power of motivation, "I'm so depressed and I can't get any dates," the 300-pound man told his minister. "I've tried everything to lose weight." "I think I can help," said the minister. "Be dressed and ready to go tomorrow at 8 a.m." Next morning, a beautiful woman in a skintight exercise suit knocked on the man's door. "If you can catch me, you can have me," she said, as she took off. He huffed and puffed after her. This routine went on every day for the next five months. The man lost 115 pounds and felt confident that he would catch the woman the next day. That morning he whipped open his front door and found a 300-pound woman in a jogging suit waiting for him. "The minister said to tell you," she began, "that if I can catch you, I can have you." [2]
This story seems funny to many of us yet it speaks volume of how one thing can trigger the power of motivation that can change any person’s life in achieving their target desires. It can be done but it must done right. Many have become great motivational speakers and became effective in transforming many lives in the process. Books have been printed in droves and became bestsellers. However, there are still many people that we know both public and private that are still defeated, discouraged, depressed and de-motivated. It seems that even with the abundance of many sources of motivation, the effect is only temporary.
In the Scriptures, the motivation of the apostle Paul in doing God’s will upon his life is simply stated: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). It is by having the firm knowledge that God is ultimately in control of every aspect of his life that brought about in him to do what God called him to do. By having this motivation, Paul did not waver in his determination to go where God led him. It was his love for God that became his motivating factor to suffer many unimaginable things that no ordinary man would choose to go through if not for this strong bond of love towards God and His purpose. And this is the reason why Paul became one of the greatest apostles of Jesus. Here’s his complete speech of his life’s purpose summed up: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 8:35-39)

Although, we may never totally emulate Paul in his commitment to pay the ultimate price in serving God yet we can find the source of his motivation was his unyielding love for God. And with this knowledge, it will give us the strength and source of our greatest motivation in any battles we may face in life. Having a power source greater than anything that this world could offer is what we need to have the same motivation as the apostle Paul. Anything that this world offers pales in comparison for they are but temporary rush only that does not contain any lasting effect.
Therefore, never settle for anything less than the power of God’s love to become the source of your greatest motivation to live life to the fullest as God intended even in the midst of your trials and tribulations.
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[1] Bits and Pieces, April 1990, p. 24.
[2] Contributed by Allan C. Boyer in Reader's Digest.