What are you hungry for? What do you want? What is your motivation?
These are the questions we must ask ourselves, if we want to live with an increased amount of drive. And I'll be the first to admit that I struggle with motivation, hunger, and drive sometimes!
Having the right motivation, is key, I think. I've tried so many different options, when it comes to this. I love finding thoughts or mindsets that help me to live and work with the highest form of passion.
One of these mindsets I've experimented with recently, is kind of just "extreme perspective". Meaning that I keep myself focused on eternity, and only the most important things. Everything else, I don't care about all that much. It's actually been pretty nice.
However, this can cause me to put too much pressure on myself and my ability to do well. I can live with the mindset of my life being important, and that's good and fine. But if I take responsibility for people's fate, and other things, then I'm picking up something God didn't give me in the first place.
The only things that crazy pressure does, is drag us down anyways, so that can't be the answer.
I am always striving for the ideal way of living.
Finding the ideal source of motivation has long been something I've occupied myself with.
I don't want to live my life just striving for money, respect, or attention. I think I've come to the conclusion, that I want to have no deficit to fill in this life. I want to not want anything. And the only way to do that, is to become more established in my relationship with the Father, and therefore my true identity in Him (who He's created me to be).
If I know how truly important I am to my Heavenly Father, then I won't have a need to "make myself/my life matter". If I know how much He loves me, and how He'll always take perfect care of me, then I won't have a need for fame, attention, money, or "success".
I don't want to spend my entire life running after these things, because there's no depth to them. There's no fulfillment, or lasting feeling of completeness.
BUT, if I can become established in my identity in Christ, and then just live my life out of passion for doing what He's calling me to (and needing nothing else), I won't be swayed by outside variables.
And I've talked about this, and a lot of related things, in my Sunday Newsletters recently (you can sign up to get those right HERE). I've talked a little bit about how God's asked me to focus on being well-"founded", and how that even though it doesn't necessarily feel exciting right now, it's SO incredibly important. And the benefit it will have on the rest of my life will be more than I can imagine.
So thinking of it in that way, actually makes it pretty exciting for me.
But what I'm trying to get at, is that even though these thought topics may seem irrelevant, or like a waste of time when I could be actually "doing" something - I'm laying the foundation for how I'm going to live the rest of my life.
In a way, I think that's the MOST important thing I could be doing. People always say to "take care of yourself first", and I wholeheartedly believe that (mostly just because I've tried to do the alternative, and that sucks SO much). If I'm to be encouraging or impacting people in any way, I want to be so well founded, so at peace with who God is, who I am, and His love for myself and others, that nothing that anyone says/does can faze me.
At peace, in quiet confidence in the truth.
How crazy would it be, to go my whole life "doing" things, but deal with emotional, mental, and spiritual ups and downs, and crisises, through all of it? How crazy to do those things, and never take the time to be strongly founded. How much time would be lost, in the long run?
It's simply a lie from the enemy, that a good foundation isn't worth your time. It is the singular thing, that will help each of us to accomplish to the furthest degree what we're called to.
I'm learning that "running as hard as you can" like I'm so fond of, doesn't always look how I once thought it would. I can sleep three hours a day, work the other twenty-one, and my impact would be less than if I work five hours, with the wisdom and love that comes with a good foundation.
Let's look at it from a slightly more drastic angle:
If I am running as hard and fast as I can, will it really matter, if I am not pointed in the right direction?
That's where foundation comes in. We learn the basics, which are the most powerful thing in the world, because they affect everything else. I want to know who I am, who God is, how He sees me, His love for me and others - and I ALSO want to know where He wants me to go, and what He wants me to do in this life.
So yeah - finding right motivation for life, healthy drive with the goal of longevity, that's so important. That, and so many other things are accomplished by learning from God what is needed for a good and strong foundation.
Thank you for reading today, guys. God loves you so much, and He wants you to enjoy this life. It's not supposed to be horrible, or tough. Nothing should be, when we're living in relationship with Him and being surrounded by His love.
I will see you guys again very soon - keep quizzing and living victoriously!
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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