Motivation and Focus

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.                                                                  Luke 11:2 (KJV)

I have shared before in this space my general philosophy about good motivation. Essentially, I sum it up as “It is better to reach toward the good than avoid the bad”. I see so often people motivated by fear (avoiding the bad) in their life, and it is often not even a conscious thing. We become used to a life of trying to avoid bad consequences, and in so doing, we become tired. It is like running away from a dog who is chasing you. Eventually, you become tired, and may even give up. There is no goal other than to avoid that chasing dog.

However, if our motivation is a positive one, reaching for a goal, doing meaningful work, caring for others, etc. we focus on that, even though there are daily pitfalls that may come up.  We are not focused on the negative things that could happen; we are focused on the positive things that we can help make happen.

In our spiritual life, our job on earth is not to try to avoid going to hell. Rather, our job is to help make, as much as possible, the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We are motivated by love of others to make this world a distant mirror of heaven so that others may see God in his creation.

So, we act out our faith from a positive perspective. Others may better be drawn to a gospel that looks inviting, not “fear avoiding”.

Prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Amen”

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