My personal motivation to you
You breathe, walk, and talk. You sleep and get up every day. You either go to work or school. You do your daily tasks just like any other day. You go to church on Sundays (or when you get to it). You play a sport or have a special hobby you enjoy. You feel just as alive as everyone else around you, but are you really?
Physically, yes, you are a living man or woman traveling a path through this earth. You are making an impact. It may be big or small, but everyone is making some sort of influence upon other people's lives. As a Christian that influence should be positive. The way you live should look different. Don't let your Christian life become less meaningful. Become full of Christ; don't be lifeless.
You know what the lifeless Christians look like. They go to church. They say that devotions are great. They say God is good. They pray like everyone else. They look good until it comes to their outside world. At work you would never know the difference between them and the other coworkers. Outside of the church walls it's like the "Christian flashlight" is turned off till next Sunday. Maybe you are this way. Maybe you think, "Oh, I'm just saving my God battery for next week." or "Wow! that message was fantastic." and forget all about your faith.
Don't become a stale Christian. It's easy to go through the motions; it's not easy to give your life to Christ. How simple it is to say a prayer and tell yourself you're saved now! Now you can go on living your life how you want because you don't want to give ALL of it to God... just the parts that people are watching.
How lifeless can we get as Christians!?!?!
Living life for Christ should be a life full of energy. You have a purpose; pursue it through motivation. Be encouraged knowing that you have a home, and you are going to that home to be with your King someday! You are not home yet. You are on this earth to do business for God. Giving your life to God is just the beginning of a new life. Putting Jesus Christ as your Savior is sacrificing your life on earth to be lived for Him. He has given you a purpose. Live it out to the fullest.
Don't let temptations and downfalls hold you down. Don't fall away to what you need to be clinging to. Don't become bland to your faith. Don't become lifeless.
Be strong in the Lord! He will give you strength. He is the great provider. He is all-powerful! Being a Christian should be exciting. God has given you a reason and a way to go about your life. Is that not the greatest gift of all? He has given us life through a sacrifice of His son, and you're going to choose to not let that change you? He transforms our lives. The old man is dead; we are made new in Christ. Don't be a lifeless Christian! Let that fire you up to be a more excited Christian.
God has changed you! Let that be shown in every single crevice of your life. Tell others how He can change them too! Explode in your Christian faith. A purpose means everything. Have the motivation to tell others,
"I am alive in Christ!"
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved-- 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
There's always a moral to a story. Whether you are looking for it or not, there is a climax that leads to a conclusion showing if characters will make the right decisions in the story. There are good and bad times that lead to a happy or sometimes sad ending. Each story, whether it's a movie, or a book, or someone's life, has a conclusion. You always see how each action leads to a reaction. You will see how one choice leads to different moments. It's a chain effect. That's what makes a story so real. Without a link to the chain, the story is incomplete. Everything has to fall together. Here's an example:
Sweat runs down my face as I pace back and forth. How am I going to fix this? I think of my options, but they all seem to fall to shame. I hear the "whoop-whoop" coming closer. I can't be here when they are! Adrenaline rushes through me. I dig my hands into my empty pockets as if I'm going to find an answer to my problem. I look out the window. Down the road I can now see red and blue flashes bouncing off buildings proceeding my way. I rush to the kitchen sink and wash the blood off my hands as if that will wash away the pain. I look at the dark ruby stain on my jeans. Evidence is all over me, and I'm not to be blamed.
I give one last look at the living room scene, "I'm sorry, Mom" and bolt out the back door as I hear someone smash through the front. I run through backyards jumping over neighbor's bushes and taking ragged breaths in between my strides. I should have remembered my inhaler. I take a quick peak to see if anyone is following me. That was a mistake! Before I can dodge it, I smash right into Mr. Docking's apple tree. I feel pain rushing to my head; The night sky above me spins in circles. I don't have to be able to see myself to know there is a bump the size of a golf ball on the left side of my head. Breathing is becoming foreign; the oxygen in the air is becoming unreachable. The world around me is becoming a fading fuzz. I hear someone walking towards me, but I'm too weak and can't concentrate my eyes on the figure. I can't keep fighting my body. I give in, shut my eyes tight hoping for the best, and pass out.
This is an example of a link, just one part of the chain. Without the full chain, or full story, you do not have any idea what is happening. You probably have ideas in your mind, but you will never know what happened or why this character is running or if he gets away. You don't even know the main character's first name. Obviously, a story has more to it; there is an introduction, some drama, maybe some action or romance, and a conclusion.
Life is a chain effect story. Your life is a link-by-link chain getting longer every day. Your life had a beginning and will have an end. There is a main story and many side stories. You are creating this chain; you apply new links continuously. As you make decisions, it effects how your life plays out. Some decisions in your life may not matter as much as others like your favorite color, favorite sport, or going to McDonald's or Burger King, but the choices that matter are the ones that will have an ultimate effect on your life.
Every major choice you are making in your life is either done for you or for God. Every time you choose yourself over God, it is becoming easier. You decide that sin is okay this time, but that's what you said the last seven times. You decide that this isn't that bad, but the line you drew six months ago has been moved to a further extent. Choosing yourself over God is basically saying, "God I put my trust in you, and I know you are all-knowing, but I got this one." Stop falling to your weak flesh, and look for strength in Christ.
Maybe you think that building your life chain your way is better. Why does it matter to build it God's way? Maybe you see life as a playground. "I might die tomorrow so I might as well play it out how I want to now." Your logic is backwards. Your faith is weak if you think you should live for your own pleasures. Living a life of your own pleasures can become an addicting and sinful habit. Deciding to live life your way leads to a life without a purpose. A life without a purpose will leave you drowning in your sin. Then when you get to the end of your chain you will realize the waste; you will see that all pleasure was only for a season. You will find that your life story's conclusion was not a happy ending.
Look to Christ and ask for the strength you need to persevere in your life. Find the confidence in God to live life for Him instead of yourself. Instead of living in the moment, live looking to your conclusion. Ask God, "How can I live my life more for you, today?" Setting a strong foundation in Christ will set a good habit of living life for God.
You know you will fall into sin. No one is perfect, but don't make that the excuse to sin freely. There will be climaxes in your life. There will be hardships and downfalls, but don't give up. Make your motive to persevere to the conclusion of your life. Choose to live trusting God's control to the end. An eternal benefit from God is better than anything you or the world can offer to your own life. Make your story have an ending that points to Christ. Let your mistakes cause you to look to God for more help. Ask for His strength to overcome your struggles. You can't do it alone, but He promises you don't have to. Stop taking baby steps towards God while still living for yourself. Don't be afraid to take full steps in God's direction. His motive set before you will lead to a life full of His blessing. Look at your life. What's your conclusion look like right now? Would someone be able to tell who you were living your life for? Make the changes you need to make with His help. Start building your chain in His direction. Your motive is effected by decisions. It's never too late to change your motive. Set God as a new motive; make your story one to remember.
Some say it's not about how fast you finish the race; it's about finishing honestly and humbly. "Slow and steady wins the race." You know the story of how the stuck up hare made a bad choice and ended up losing the race to the tortoise, but life is not always the same. Yes, life can be seen as a race. Is it always about going slow and steady? I don't believe so. Let me explain myself.
Never underestimate yourself! You do it all the time. You tell yourself it's easier to take things slow or to not do something at all when you have full capability to easily do something. It's easier to just take baby steps then to take the big steps. Everything you do should be to the best of your ability. Our flesh is lazy and easily pleased. Telling yourself you can do it later is always easier than working hard now. It's easier to push something off; it's easier to push the finish line off for another day. Make your stride longer. Put a little hop in your step. Work hard to the end.
Your stride is like your work ethic. It's basically like how hard you really try to do something. Ever get an easy job and do it half heartedly? I think we can all relate. Let me give you an example.
I'm still in high-school, so a part time job at Dollar General sounded good to me. It's super easy! I stock shelves, work as a cashier, and walk around making sure labels face the right direction. Sounds like the easiest job ever, right? It also makes it very easy to not work hard at it. Slacking is not hard to do during my job. Even simple things like taking my time checking someone's items out, not acknowledging or saying "Hello" to customers, or even just walking around instead of turning labels. I mean, I'm still getting paid so what's the big deal right? WRONG!
Just because no one notices, doesn't make it right. God is always watching. If I'm really living my life to please Him, I shouldn't be giving Him half of me; That's pretty selfish. He's given me a life to live and a chance to live it for Him and I'm going to choose to live it my way, at my pace, and depending on my mood? What kind of commitment of giving my life over to God is that? That's like me saying, "Here, God, you can have my life, but I'm going to live it my way."
Colossians 3: 23 says, "And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
It may be a simple verse, but it is convicting to my life. Every single thing I do should be worked hard at for God? Sounds like a lot of effort. God never promised the easy life. Am I really sold out to God? I have to take a step forward in what I believe.
So extend your strive towards your mark. Set a goal in front of you, not out of reach, but far enough to make you stretch. God didn't create you to take life easy; He created you to live out your purpose. Don't wait for Him to move, but walk in the direction he guides. God can't use you if you don't move or only take a few steps at a time. Take the leap of faith, knowing God is going to lead the way. How long is your stride?
I am strong. I am brave. I can do this. I won't back down. I won't give up. I won't give in. I am able. I will not fall. I will finish. I can conquer. I will stand firm in what I believe and know. I will rise to my calling. Challenge accepted!
It's time for some motivation. If you haven't already came to the conclusion that some things you just can't do on your own, it's time to wake up. Realize that life is tough. Realize that you're going to get stressed, and annoyed, and depressed; but know that you don't have to go through things alone. God invites you to let Him help take the load.
Know that even though God can be on your side, that doesn't make life easy. God never promised an easy life. In fact, He promises suffering in His name. He promises that anyone not on God's side is against Him. It's time to suit up, and take on that challenge.
The life of a Christian isn't easier, but it has meaning. Go ahead and live the life that the world tries to persuade you with: "the perfect, care-free life with no worries." Does that even sound realistic?
I think of it this way: a life without God is a life without purpose; a life that's lived without a care or a goal is pointless. You know who lives like that? Kids live like that. They don't have a job or responsibilities that they are worried about. They run around recklessly and make a mess of themselves. At a young age, that's okay, but it's time to grow up sooner or later. You can either walk around living like a child, or you can decide it's time to take life seriously.
Life matters. Know that it's important. There is a purpose, and God wants you to live it out. Fulfill your purpose! God uses His people in so many different ways. Just look at the Bible. They didn't all just do the exact same thing (it'd be a pretty boring book if you read about fifty guys building an ark). God has a unique purpose for your life. He has blessed you with talents that you might not even know about yet. God uses His people in many ways, but they all have the same goal: to please Him. That's what life is about, bringing glory to God. What else would it be about? You? Ha! That's funny.
Sounds like a joke, but so often you do that without even knowing it. You think about how YOU will prosper in life. You think about the best interest in YOUR future. It's not wrong to look out for yourself, but it is wrong to think the world revolves around you. Know that God will supply your needs. You don't need to keep worrying about your life if you hand it over to God; He has a much better plan than you could ever form on your own.
Ask God to help you feel motivated. Ask God to help you look to His ways. Ask God to help you live your life for Him instead of yourself. Look like Christ, love like Christ, and live like Christ. That will bring honor to God. That will open the eyes of others. Spread the great news of what He has done in your life. He is a good God. Be determined to live your life out to please Him.
I am a Coward. I am weak. I am small. I can't do it. I never will be able to. What's the point anyways? What difference does it make? Who care's? I'm a nobody. What if they laugh at me? I want to be accepted. When can I be part of the cool crowd? Why can't I be respected?
You know you have these thoughts, these constant battles in your mind about whether or not you should or shouldn't do something. You usually end up caving against your morals. You tell yourself, "I know I shouldn't, but I'll be ______ if I do this. Everyone else does it. It will be fine. It will only be this once." You are the biggest deceiver to yourself. Sometimes you don't fall to the pure pressure of others, but you 'talk' yourself into it.
You fill your head with these lies and justify things to make yourself feel better. Think of it like this. You just changed your oil. The white rag you used is now filthy with splotches of oil, but you tell yourself, "It's really not that dirty. It could be worst. I can still see some white so it's okay." WHAT? Does that even make sense. It's like you saying black is white and trying to justify it, and then you falling for the deception and believing it! How can you be so deceived? You know what is right, yet you still choose the opposite choice.
Life is a wonderful blessing that God has given us. Life is meant to be lived in His glory. When you have surrendered your life to Christ and have been saved from the chains of sin, immediately you have given your life to Christ. If you are truly serious about committing your life to Christ, then you should choose His ways over your desires. The goal of a Christian is to bring God glory. Worship Him and bring others to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Bring honor to the Lord through the way you live. That is the job of a true Christian.
Are you living it out? Are you doing business with God? Do as His word tells us. Live how the word says to live. Fear God and keep His commandments. Love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, soul, and mind. Love your neighbor as thyself. Preach the gospel.
God never promised an easy life so stop trying to take the easy way out! If you truly love the Lord, give your life to Him and choose His ways.
I'm closer than a phone call.
I'm not far away,
When you need to talk
Call my name and pray.
I'm closer than a phone call.
Let your request be known.
I'll hear you every time;
I'm not busy on the phone.
I'm closer than a phone call,
And I have so much to say.
Call my name at anytime,
I will answer night and day.
I'm closer than a phone call
So don't push me away.
Don't only call me
When things are getting gray.
I'm closer than a phone call
But I am not a magic genie.
Don't only call when you're in trouble
Or when life is looking dreary.
I'm closer than a phone call
And always will be near,
But you only call when you need me
Or when you are in fear.
I'm more than just a phone call
You treat me with no respect.
Treat me like a friend.
Don't give me your neglect.
You leave me forgotten
Until trouble comes its way.
Then you cry, "God, help me!"
I come with no delay.
But I want more of you,
Not just parts of shame.
You only come full of sin,
Struggles, worries, and pain.
You can make requests,
But you can tell me so much more:
Your family, day, blessings.
That's what friends are for.
Make me more than just a phone call.
Pray for help when in need.
If you ask for help with struggles
I can take the lead.
Make me more than just a phone call.
Read my word and you will learn.
Ask when you're confused
And I will help discern.
Make me more than just a phone call
And tell me about your week.
Was it good? Was it bad?
Don't be afraid to speak.
I'm more than just a phone call.
I will comfort all your fears.
You can cry in my arms;
I will hold you and your tears.
I'm more than just a phone call.
I know you have time for me
So please, stop pushing away.
I always have time for thee.
I'm more than just a phone call.
I've always cared for you.
I am a loving Father.
I will keep this promise true.
I'm more than just a phone call.
And I always will forgive.
You can learn from my ways.
I'll teach you how to live.
I'm closer than a phone call.
So don't forget who I am.
I am the All-knowing Shepherd,
and you are my ignorant Lamb.
Though you may make mistakes,
And will try over and over again,
Remember, I'm right beside you
Because I'm your Father and your Friend.
Michael Jaymes Vitelli
Your'e going under. You feel the weight and pressure upon you. It's so intense your ears want to explode, your head is spinning, and your feeling of joy has now turned to a numb, bitter memory. You just need a breather, but breathing isn't an option anymore. You want to scream, but you know no one will hear or if they do they won't help. You sink into prideful thoughts of negativity. Your mind races for desperation. You feel like dying is better than this painful overwhelming agony. Your'e gasping for air, looking frantically around for some sign of life or help, but you are alone. You are too deep, and you are coming to the point of being lifeless. You are dead.
They say drowning, is the most peaceful death, but I'd disagree. It sounds awful to me! The feeling of choking, searching for air that isn't there, and using all your strength to not allow your lungs to collapse does not come to me as peaceful. It sounds scary to me. Life can be like that sometimes. Have you ever felt like you were drowning in your thoughts? Have you ever felt like you were drowning in an overwhelming burden in your life? Have you ever felt numb to the world around you because you drowned in too much pain and decided to throw away your emotions?
We live in an imperfect world that's is full of sorrow. Come to the realization that your expectations of the "perfect, happy life" will never come. I don't mean that to discourage you. If you keep racing for a finish line that isn't there, are you gonna make it? Set goals that are possible. Don't dive deep into life's waters searching for the pearl of perfection if it's not there. You might find some treasures that will satisfy you for a moment, but it won't last. You know it won't last. It's gonna get old, and lead to devastation. Your going to choke yourself out; you wonder why your exhausted. Your'e running around searching for something, thinking you found it, and then crushing your dreams when you realize you didn't.
Go into life prepared. Knowing that life on this earth doesn't supply what you long for, look somewhere else. Look to the one who created you; the God of you, me, and this life knows better. Instead of jumping into these muddied waters we call life alone, ask God to prepare you for what's coming. There is going to be a lot of pain, trials, pressure, temptation, and sin that will fill your life. God can help you take those burdens. Without God, we might be able to go through life, swim up for air when we need it, and find things that satisfies our hurts so we don't have to think about our pain; but once the burdens pile on, and the load becomes too heavy to carry alone, we sink. We sink and sink and sink leading us to more sinful choices, more pain, and more burdens. The deeper we go into the sin, the muddier and darker the waters get. Life will hold you down until you suffocate in your pain.
When you come to that moment, when you realize you need help, don't neglect the choice of asking for God's help. Cry out, from the bottom of life's abyss, to the God of salvation! He will snatch you up and give you the help you need. God will love you, save you, and prepare you for the trials your future holds. Your burdens will become light with God's strength. He will teach you to swim against the current, push back on life's anguish, and come up for the breather you need. God will you show you how to have joy through suffering. He makes living life a totally different experience. Find a new life in God. Let him bring you to the surface, take a deep breath, and overcome the struggles that life is full of.
Matthew 11:28-29 English Standard Version (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
2 Corinthians 12:10 English Standard Version (ESV)
10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Does anyone else hate rejection or being denied? Whether it's being rejected by friends, your crush, your boss, no one likes the feeling of being unwanted or unaccepted. Somewhere I know I can always go and not be rejected is to God. God be in the presence of sin, but since His son has taken my place, He doesn't see sin anymore. He sees His son's sacrifice. Isn't that such a beautiful picture? How God puts His son in my place? It's truly amazing. If you haven't experienced that true love, look for it. God won't turn you away.
Here is a poem I wrote last year of searching out God. He is a Father and a friend; He wants you to accept Him. You have to take that step. A relationship is built by the participation of both parts. You can't jut expect God to talk to you or come find you and accept you. You have to come to Him too. You don't deserve such a holy God's love and you're going to reject the offer? Seek God out. If you don't know where to start, you can always read the Bible, pray and ask Him to make Himself known, you can ask someone who may know, you can even Google search about God. Look for Him, find Him, and accept Him.
Knock at His Door
In my life
There are choices to make
It’s like two doorways
Which one do I take?
There’s one on the left
I knock on the door
“Is anybody home?”
I’m not so sure…
Is this the right choice?
How will I know?
I need some answers
Who is going to show?
Maybe this is the wrong door
I’ll choose the one on the right.
I look through the keyhole
There’s a little bit of light.
I give the door a soft knock
“Is there anyone here?”
I hear someone on the other side
“Yes, my child. Do not fear.
You have knocked, and I will open
I am here to let you in.
The questions and struggles you may have
I will help you comprehend.
I am your Father and your friend
And I will tell you what is true
So come my child, I’ll let you in.
This invitation is for you.
Follow the ways that I teach you
I will not lead you astray.
Do not carry your burdens alone
Tell me your worries when you pray
I am here to comfort you
And lead you day by day.
I promise my ways are good
I will not lead you to dismay.”
So I follow Him through the doorway
He leads me by His hand
He shows me every step of the way
He has the perfect plan.
“Thank you, Lord. I love you.
I’ll trust you and obey,
and next time life is not easy
I’ll go to you and pray.”
By Michael J. Vitelli
You have the tendency of putting yourself first in life, right? I mean, I do it too. It's always, "What am I doing today?" "When will I be able to afford this?" "I want to watch this." "I want to go here." "I want to spend time with this friend." "Why was I not invited?" Life isn't about ME and life isn't about YOU.
As a Christian, my life is lived for Christ. Jesus says that the first two greatest commandments are to love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. Both of those commandments tell me to put someone before me, whether it's my God or my neighbor. The life of a Christian is a life of service.
It's time to stop making your schedule revolve around you; it's time to take a moment to put someone else first. God should always be a priority in life. There should be a set time of every day for God. Don't shove God in the closet. He already showed you grace. He sent His Son who was a servant to the world. Show your holy God the respect, love, and time He deserves.
Take time throughout your day to see the moments you have a chance to help someone else. This isn't rocket science. Putting someone else's needs before you is as simple as opening the door for someone, offering them help, or asking if they need anything. Maybe ask a friend how they are doing instead of telling them about your problems. Let someone open up to you. Be a friend to the unloved.
I've always tried to be friends with the quiet people; I feel like they are left out. I feel they have a reason they are quiet, whether it's family issues, or just being shy, or rough moments in the past. I love making friends with someone who is quiet because they have a story to tell. Become a friend close enough that they can trust and open up to you is an amazing experience. You would never think of the past trials they may have been through. I have a few friends that use to be very quiet, but now are as loud and joyful as I sometimes am. Seeing someone make it though a tough time can be really inspiring.
Being a blessing for others is a wonderful feeling. Putting a smile on someone's face really means a lot to me. Here are some verses about serving others.
Romans 12:14 "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not."
I Peter 4:10 "As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
Matthew 20:28 "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Acts 20:35 "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Ephesians 4:28 "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth."
Decide to put others before you. When you see an opportunity to help others, take the chance. Be a blessing to others as He has been a blessing to you.
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am only 18, but I've decided to start to write. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.