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Motives

All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:2-3(NIV)
 
This is the time of the year that people make all sorts of plans to achieve goals they have set for themselves. Whether it is to shed those unwanted pounds, start working out at the gym, save more/spend less, etc., etc., etc.,
after a certain period of time, for whatever reason, we get distracted and lose sight of our goals. Did you ever stop to think why that happens? Why year after year, we make plans to do something, and before the year gets off to a good start, we have already strayed? With all the good intentions we had in the beginning, we can't even mustard up enough zeal or energy to keep going. Could it be that our motive wasn't right? Think about it. What was your motive behind this change you wanted to happen in your life? Was it for the greater good? Was it going to bless someone other than yourself? Was it going to make you a better person overall? What was your motive?
 
Often times, we set out to do things with us being the sole beneficiaries. It's all about us. and when things don't go as we planned them, we make excuses as to why we didn't continue on. But if we stop and think about it, and be completely honest with ourselves, we will find that though we had good intentions, we had the wrong motive. We had set those goals for selfish reason. We had no intention to use these goals for the betterment of God's kingdom. We weren't going to take our accomplishments and use them to help someone else. We weren't going to give praises and glory to God for helping us meet our goal, nor did we ask Him to. And yet we wonder why it didn't work out.
 
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." That's it! Seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Wonder why we seek everything but that. We cause ourselves so much unnecessary stress doing things that don't line up with the Word of God. And it's time to change that.
 
This year, let's plan to seek God like we never have before, trusting Him with the plan for our life, and allowing Him to order our footsteps. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
 
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24

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