Motivation and Joy

Most people know that I am runner, but what they probably don’t know is that my instructions for running are the result of prayer.  This morning, I was inspired to run just for the love of it. My instructions were to forget the clock, not worry about the weather, and enjoy the experience.  So, I ran about 23K just for the joy of it with no worries about the clock or the impending rain storm. My thought as I got started:  no matter what happens I will be fine because this is what I love. I even love to run in the rain. 

 Today, as you do what you do, consider what motivates you. Is it love?  Consider how activities motivated by love actually touch the heart of God.  What you do that is motivated by love brings joy to you and the Father.  You were created to bring him pleasure. The reality though is sometimes  things start to feel more like chores than joyful activities. This probably happens as a result of being too rigid or worrying too much about the challenges we see on the horizon.  Beloved of God, I remind you that God wants you to live an extraordinary life.  As you move towards greater success and fulfillment remind yourself that it’s okay to relax and do things because you love them.  Choose not to be overwhelmed by self-imposed limitations. Choose to remember that you can conquer any mountain or overcome any obstacles that may arise. Commit to enjoying the activities of your life and you will find that “all things do indeed work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. 

 Without any regard for time and the sky getting darker and darker, I finished my run with a burst of energy and a song of praise. Interestingly enough, I made it into the house just before the downpour.  When I finally looked at my watch I realized I had run the course faster than I would have if I had been paying close attention to every split.  The point, sometimes you just have to relax, do it, and trust God with the outcome.  He always has your success in mind. 

“For I know the plans I think towards you saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11