Is your inner Marge holding you back...
I wish I was a perky morning person. As I sit here in my beat up bathrobe, hovered over my steamy mug of coffee, I can't help but feel blah. My hair feels greasy and I still have traces of eyeliner in the corner of my eye. All I am missing to complete my frumpy morning scene is a cigarette in my right hand, large pink curlers in my hair, and for someone to call me Marge. With each sip of my liquid energy, I can slowly feel my face transforming from a morning scowl to somewhat of a smile. Deep down I know that it is going to take more than coffee to get me going today. Thoughts of today's tasks fills my head, as the children run around and scream for breakfast. I sigh under my breath as I dig deep to find the motivation to get out of my chair and officially start the day. For a moment, I ponder what it would be like to have no responsibilities, no chores, and no errands; to live in a world where motivation didn't matter. But then what would I truly be living for? Everything I do has a purpose, or I simply don't waste my time with it. To exist without cause just seems pointless.
Although my role in this world is small, it is a role nonetheless. Sure, my role will never affect millions of people. I'll never be a saint like Mother Teresa or a princess like Kate Middleton, yet my role is actually much bigger. My motivation each day comes from guiding and shaping two lives directly linked to my heart...my children. Each day is a new day to teach them life lessons and shape their hearts into that of a Godly character. Their very being is a reflection of the life I lead through example. As much as I would like to sit here this morning and continue playing the role of Marge, I have an important role awaiting me, one that I can't afford to pass on.
As you crawl out of bed moaning and groaning about the day that lies ahead, think about your role in this world. Whether it is a child, co-worker, or friend, you play an important part in other peoples world. Motivation is key to shaping lives for the good of the cause. How will you use it today?
"Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing." Ephesians 2:8-10 (The Message)