The following is a message I shared with my school community. I’d like to share it with you as well. Whether you’re in education or not, there is application here for any aspect of our lives, in whatever we set our minds and bodies to do. God bless you!
(Thank you Dad for your inspiration and encouragement through your devotional entitled, “The Highest Motivation”.)
Second semester of the 2010-2011 school is here! It’s hard to believe how fast this year is going. I can tell you that I have been extremely blessed this school year thus far, and I continue to look forward to what lies ahead. As we enter this new semester and head “down the hill” towards the end of the school year, I’d like to encourage, yet challenge our entire school community.
The following are a series of questions that you can answer yourself:
1. In evaluating this past semester, is it possible for you to have performed better than you did? Why?
2. Do you think it is possible for you to maintain a consistently higher level of performance/learning than you are now experiencing?
3. Do you have a desire to increase your efficiency level?
What will it take? What has to change? Answer: You must change in some way.
“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Some “old things” refers to anything that was part of your pre-Christian make-up; Attitudes, Habits, Motivation. It even includes your old motivational forces. We saw that the highest level of motivation is found in the Scriptures in the life of Jesus. Think about the crucifixion of Jesus. What drove Him on? What was His attitude? NOTHING was going to stop Him from fulfilling His Father’s will. That was His motivation.
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5-8
My encouragement and challenge to you this new semester, and new year is FINISH STRONG! “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1). You have had the steady determination to keep going. You have never given up. You kept running even when, at times, you have wanted to stop. You have hung tough day after day through the daily grind. Sometimes you have been pushed to the very limit of what we can endure. You have proven that you can run most of the marathon. We need to make a choice to not let the “bear crawl up on our back” at this point. Choose to endure right to the end. Because you know in your heart that no matter how fast you have run, no matter how far you have been, no matter how far ahead you are, if you quit now, you will lose the prize. Jesus finished the race that God had set before Him. Jesus sprinted all the way to the finish line and burst through the tape with His chest out, head held high, and vision solely on His Father in Heaven.
Finish strong…You must finish strong! May the Lord bless you!!