Back in the 1980’s, I used to be an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, when Tom Landry was their coach, but no more. Like most other sports, the game is now motivated by mostly money; players no longer playing for the sheer enjoyment of the game.
About the only game I enjoy watching with any interest, is golf, the gentleman’s game. I played golf in college and learned that the game challenges your whole being. Not only do you have to be in good physical condition, but you must be able to think about and analyze every shot you make. The most challenging part of the game for me was the putting aspect of the game.
It’s not too difficult to get the ball to the green, but getting that little white ball into that very small hole, is a very large challenge – one that takes great patience in achieving.
In playing the game of golf, you learn a great deal about yourself and your capabilities, both physically and mentally.
On a scale of 1-10, I’m a motivated extrovert 7 – not a natural born extrovert. When I was growing up, I was an introvert, but had to motivate myself to be an extrovert because of the demands of my job as manager of our school district’s mail room.
Ideas to revive a church? Well, Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 3:2-3 lists some specifics on revival. Members have to be motivated from within, to realize the urgency of taking the gospel of Christ to the lost. If they are not motivated from within themselves, no outside motivation will do much good.
The bottom line is: We have to internalize the fact that people are lost in sin, then get up off our duffs and go to work to remedy the problem. We have to be concerned for the souls of men: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/02/03/being-concerned-for-precious-souls/
We have to love other people as we do ourselves (Matthew 22:39).
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.
Dale Carnegie, American motivational writer (1888-1955)