Faith Has the Power of Motivation
One of the greatest motivators in my life has been faith that what I’m doing is God’s will for me.
This may sound strange to you, but when I was a child of about five, God spoke to me and told me that I was to be a teacher. As an adult, when I was a professor, every day that I went into class, I remembered that this was what God wanted me to do.
Every day before class, I prayed that God would guide me to do His will and not let my ego get in the way. As a result, the classes that I taught were just amazing to me. My evaluations from students indicated they felt the same way. That was one place in life where I felt I was in the zone, like I was suspended from myself and was gliding along on God’s power.
When students asked me questions, I would answer with an example that I had never thought of before and sometimes didn’t know that I knew. But it would be the perfect example for the situation. I’ve been blessed with a lot of patience, but in the classroom, I exhibited patience that astounded me.
Do you know what it is like to be operating in your purpose?
An excellent example is seen in the movie “Billie Elliot” about a boy who wanted to be a ballet dancer but grew up in a coal mining town. At one point, Billy is asked what it’s like when he dances. He responds that it’s like he is somewhere else, like electricity is running through his body.
When he dances, he’s doing exactly what he was designed to do. He had to fight his family and neighborhood to do it, but he did it successfully. He also changed the people around him by showing them his faith in what he was doing. He showed others in the community with less belief in themselves what life could offer them.
Faith is belief in the unseen.
Faith isn’t just about God but about anything in our lives that we can’t see. The biggest unseen part of or lives is our future. We can exercise our faith that we’ll have the future we want and change the direction of our lives to be much more fulfilling as we aim for that future.
If we have faith that we’ll be a successful athlete, teacher, parent, truck driver or anything else, then we multiply our chances of success. If we have faith that we’ll be a failure, an addict, a prisoner, or homeless, we’ll achieve that instead.
Why not pick something wonderful to do with our lives and then live by faith that we’ll be successful at it?
Sometimes people are afraid to have faith in themselves or their future. They feel they don’t deserve success or that it will be impossible. Each of us is a child of God, who loves us and wants us to be happy, so we definitely deserve to have a successful future.
This is an excerpt from Bruce’s book “Attitude Determines Destiny”.
As a motivational speaker, he conducts seminars and workshops based upon the ideas in his book. He entertains and inspires audiences wherever he goes.
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