I think there are really only two motivators in life, love and fear. Every action I do and every thought I have is motivated by either love or fear. I’ve observed that my natural or “default” motivator is fear. Fear of what others will think, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown will direct every aspect of my life unless…
I change my motivation. Simple concept; swap out ‘A’ for ‘B’, and this has been something that has been a bit of a frustration to be honest. How do I do something out of love instead of fear? I can’t just decide to love someone. I can do kind and loving acts for someone — but to really love them?
I have it all wrong. My motivation should be love, yes — but not my love for others. My love for others changes at a whim and is not even something I control. My motivation is derived from the love I receive from God — His never changing, steadfast, perfect love.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:18-19
I am only capable of love because He first loved me. Step 1 — Receiving God’s love. I mean REALLY receiving God’s love. How will I know that I’ve done step 1? When I do things not because I fear what others think nor because I love them, but because God loves me — I mean really REALLY loves me!
He loves me so much, He gave me a desire to be healthy and fit and a body that is capable of more than I can wrap my head around.
He gave me taste-buds that make eating ENJOYABLE. Let me tell you, I really enjoy eating.
He gave me a mind that is capable of soaking up knowledge — one that is creative and capable of solving problems.
Most importantly, He paid my debt by dying on a cross so that I could spend eternity with Him forever.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” — John 15:13