Theme word: PURPOSE
- The object or aim in doing something
- The function for which something is intended
- The intentions, aspirations, aim or goal
(Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)
There are a few people I like to listen to and/or read whenever I want to up the ante on my motivational levels.
People such as Oprah Winfrey or Lisa Nichols, because they are black and female. Others such as Jim Rohn or Joel Osteen because they offer sound, practical life experience and they offer their wisdom from a godly perspective. This is important to me.
As you will know if you have been following me for any length of time, this site is about encouraging myself and encouraging my readers to be purpose-driven believers and achievers. And the “purpose” part we are talking about is walking according to our God-given destiny.
Now we have celebrities and various media pundits who seek to dictate what success and achievement means on a worldly level. And against that tide of opinion is our Heavenly Father’s assessment of godly success.
Listen to what he says:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
(3 John 1:2 NKJV)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
(Joshua 1:8 NKJV)
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God:
But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.
They are like trees along a river bank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.
(Psalm 1:1-3 TLB)
In the end, each of us decides and pursues what we believe to be success, according to our own aspirations. Success on our terms will be measured against what we both consciously and subconsciously deem to be important.
This morning, as I thought about what to write and realising this will be my last Motivational Monday message of this year, my thoughts turned to God. What drives Him? What motivates Him?
If you make a practice of reading through the Bible each year from beginning to end, you cannot help but notice that God is motivated by love, a desire for fellowship and his dream for a community of committed and united people who would showcase his blessings, his glory, his authority and power.
So beloved friends, is this what motivates you? Do you seek success for your own sake, which the Bible refers to as vainglory, or are you seeking it for God’s sake? And in your pursuit, are you concerned about the success of others around you?
Purpose-driven believers and aspiring dream-achievers, as we continue towards the end of 2019 and look forward to a brand new year with its fresh opportunities and challenges, may I encourage you to consider my words above and to take stock of your life, your plans and your pursuits?
Wishing you a blessed and super-productive week!
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
Author of: Petitions From My Heart
(If you live in the UK click here)
What, and who has motivated you this year?
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