What’s the Motive?

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?

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