The day comes and you get motivated to do the right thing for the right reason. You make a goal. You create a plan. You may even get connected with others that support your goal. You give it your best try. Then after a while, you don’t see the results you want or you’re not getting recognized like you wanted, so you stop short of the goal. Frustration sets in, and you start questioning if it even was the right thing to do or why you wasted your time in the first place. You ask yourself: how is it that you could want the right thing for the right reason and still not get what you want? It’s a dilemma all of us face at one point or another, and here are two things that you need to consider:
It’s not just about what you want, but how much you want it that determines what you achieve in life.
How much you want something is about how much you are willing to put into it. When you put your whole heart into something, your desire and determination to reach your goal is greater, and when you invest yourself emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually into something, your passion to make it a reality is stronger. You do things for purpose, not popularity, and feel rewarded with progress, not the praise of others. In Colossians 3:23–24, the Bible challenges us to a higher level of motivation when it says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” Anybody want the Lord’s inheritance . . . we thought so.
God doesn’t just fight our battles for us. He fights them with us.
What God has planned for you is far greater than what you will have to go through to live in it. You play a personal role in bringing to life God’s plan for your life. The Bible tells us that we have to manage our desire to keep fighting for the future we want even when we don’t feel like it in the moment. That is why in 1 Samuel 30:6, it says that “. . . David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we want you to understand that it’s not necessarily skill, personality, talent, or resources that is the reason why some people get what they want while others don’t. It's about whose heart wants it the most and goes after it with the right motivation. So let’s get after what’s in our hearts and stand on this promise: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” (Psalm 37:4).
We want you to pass this test! You can dig deeper in the Motivation Test by reading Proving Ground 2.0: Nine Tests That Prove Your Potential.