By: Elaina Simpson, C.S.
Have you ever had a moment where you didn't feel as motivated as usual?
Sometimes, the temptation may come to feel unmotivated. Sometimes, a seeming lack of motivation is disguised as self-justification, excuses and distraction.
One of the justifications that may try to suggest itself to our thinking is, "I don't have enough time, I'm too busy, there are more important things to do." Rather than trying to fight off or fix a lack of motivation in struggle, it helps to know WHO is doing the work here. Is it an unmotivated mortal outside of Love, or is it Love? (Love is another word for God, the spiritual power that fills all space.) Knowing that Love is doing the work is just a weight off our shoulders! But, that's not a license to wait for someone to do the work for us or to procrastinate and put off what needs to be done. Talking about Christ Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy (discoverer and founder of Christian Science) wrote about his mission and what the Christ does for us, "...to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 18:5–9) We express this Christly Love by rejecting anything that suggests the demotivating, "I cant"-suggestions and by knowing that Love can. As with God, we learn that all things are possible! (Matt. 19:26)
In our reflection of Love, we can get it all done by doing our tasks in the most loving way. That's the most fun way to do anything, anyways! Instead of box-checking a human checklist that may seem endless, it's way more fun to think about Love as we do our tasks. When we do this, we consider the details, care selflessly for others, or improve our tasks by knowing we can do it with extra care. This is the most loving way to present what needs to be done. And, we LOVE doing our work.
We see the following divine law to be true, "Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself." (SH 385:17–18)
It's that Christly Love that impels us, motivates us, and takes us to the finish line. After all, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Love impels good works." (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896)
Whatever needs to be done, you'll do it with your natural expression of Love. Have a great evening,
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