Thursday, January 31, 2008

Motivation for Lasting Change

At the end of January, most people's New Year resolutions have flown south. I can say that I didn't really have anything, just everything. Everything that I'm trying to be and change and do. All the time, not just New Year's.

Motivation is always a big problem, and today Chip Ingram really spoke about that. He talked about three motivations...

  • Guilt
  • Self-interest
  • Being deeply loved

Let me pick something as an example. This morning I woke to a fairly clean house because we had youth group here last night. It was such a joy and encouragement. Every time this happens, I think, this time I will keep it this way. But it never lasts for long.

I can be motivated by guilt for awhile. I feel guilty that we lose things. I feel guilty that I don't offer my husband the kind of house cleaning he grew up with. I feel guilty that I'm privileged to stay home and school the kids, but don't keep it cleaner.

I can be motivated for awhile by self-interest. It does make me feel better about myself to keep it clean. I can really enjoy it, invite people over on a whim, and relax.

But these motivations only last for awhile...

What if I was motivated because God loves me so much. He has given me so much! And my spiritual act of worship is to offer my body as a living sacrifice. It is my chance to honor God. To obey him. To show him how much I love him.

I don't think that it makes it easy. But if I can really get a grasp, really chose to be motivated that way, it should be a lasting and permanent change.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What's in a Word?

I was all warm and snuggly in my new velour "sweats" and hoodie. Mom got them for me for Christmas. My son asked me, "So Mom, are those your saloon clothes?"


After some struggling, I finally figured out that he meant lounge clothes!