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Motivation for Service

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”

People are fighting all types of causes in this world.  There are the fights against HIV/AIDS, Abortion Rights, Healthcare, Public Education, Gender Equality, Minimum Wage, and Tax Reform.  Advocates for the poor, church missions, and capital campaigns all done by people who have made great names for themselves.  But how many people have done so out of genuine love.

A friend of mine was upset because his name was not called.  Everyone on the committee received recognition but because he was absent his name was not called.  He wanted that praise; he wanted the accolade, but to now avail.  He was so rejected he no longer particpated in that philanthropic endeavor.  Was his heart in the right place?  If you were genuinely concerned about the poor, would lack of recognition cause you to withdraw your efforts?  I think not.

But one thing is certain, if you really want to know a person’s heart, don’t invite them to the celebration.  Exclude them from the applause.  Then, you will see where there heart is and you’ll know the real motive for their efforts.  Worldly praise and accolades are much ado about nothing.  This world is fickle, unkind, and sometimes harsh; but what you do for others when motivated by love trumps all the negativity you may encounter.  Learn to get your motivation from changed lives rather than awards and congratulatory acts by others.  Being a part of someone’s transformation has its own rewards; cherish those!

The Folly of Foolish Conversation

“The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream. It is not good to be partial toward a wicked person,thereby depriving an innocent person of justice. By talking, a fool gets into an argument,and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin. His lips are a trap to his soul. The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily, and they go down into a person’s innermost being.” (Proverbs 18:4-8 GWT)

When we belittle, mock, or devalue someone’s life or livelihood, we do a great disservice. Words have power; words are seeds that once planted take root deep in a person’s mind. Wisdom has taught me, “We grow by lifting others up, not by tearing them down.” I’m a work in progress and so are you. The key is to stay clear of gossip; do not allow your mouth to write a check your “ass” can’t cash. The writer of Proverbs says that only a fool does that. I have said much that I regret and have been forgiven. Thank you Jesus!

I know it’s hard to discipline your tongue, especially when your emotions have been charged. But I can assure you, working on this discipline is invaluable. Oh that gossip and slander were not so salacious. Prayer, true prayer, however will help you muzzle unkind words. When you gossip a crowd will gather and chime in; when you pray, they will stay away.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father we confess that our words have often been daggers rather that elevators. We ask your forgiveness and that you strengthen our resolve to be kind. Help us to discipline the words we speak so we may be a help and not a hindrance. In Jesus Name, Amen.