Nothing that is said or done, is done so without an underlying motive. I’m a very analytical person so I’m often questioning motives- those of others as well as my own.
Good or bad, selfish or selfless, we don’t do anything without a reason. When we choose to help someone, what is our motive? As a Christian it should be because it is the right thing to do and it is what Jesus wants us to do: “For I was an hungred and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matthew 25:35-36 KJV). This is not always the case though. A lot of times the motive is to get something in return: cash, some material possession, or maybe something nonmaterial such as attention, public praise, or some other accolade. A quote that I saw on Pinterest says it well: “If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business not kindness.”
My motive for writing this blog post? I love writing, it is one of my gifts and I choose to use it to help teach, encourage, motivate, and uplift others.
There is a motive for everything and the motive does make a difference- a difference in how your actions are received and/or the outcome of your actions. Soooo, what’s your motive?