My wife recently ran a half marathon. She enjoys being active and healthy, and the satisfaction of accomplishing her goal motivated her to commit to an intense training schedule. I did not share this motivation.
But we are all motivated by something. There is something that fuels our actions and the life we live.
When we struggle to accomplish the tasks in front of us it is often because we lack the motivation, or maybe our motivation is stronger elsewhere.
While my wife was motivated to run, I am more motivated to read a good book.
Knowing what fuels me helps me dedicate my time and attention to those things which matter most, at least to me.
When I am driven by blind motivations, I might be left confused and frustrated that my life keeps taking certain paths.
Why do I keep ending up in the same situations?
You might be running on a hidden fuel source.
Motivation of Manhood
In any case, our journey toward becoming mature men who live as the true sons of God takes a lot of motivation.
When we struggle to do the work if might be because our fuel source is too weak for the journey.
When fear, shame, and frustration fuel our actions, we are more likely to play it safe and stay stuck in immature ways of living.
And years later we remain just as lost, shallow, and distracted as before.
In order to become rooted – men with deep purpose, presence, and connection – we must choose the right fuel to sustain us on the way.
What motivates you to become a better man?
For some it is the pure desire to be the best version of themselves. For others, it is a desire to love their wives well or to set an example for their children. Still others are motivated to raise the standard of masculinity in society.
Whatever your motivation, it is clear our families and communities need more men who are deeply motivated to do this work.
Check your heart. What motivates you to become all that God has for you?
When the journey gets long (and it will), it is this fuel that will keep you going. Find it!