What Are Our Motives?

One dictionary definition of the word "motive" reads in part, "What impels a person to action: e.g., fear, ambition or love." We may often find it beneficial to examine our actions and to ask ourselves what is the governing motive for them. Are we for instance, afraid of what others may think or say of us if we do or do not take a certain line of action? Then fear is the impelling power, and there can be no justification for our deed. Do we wish for popularity, worldly distinction, and social success, or is pure, unselfed love, coupled with the desire to serve and glorify God the basic cause of our acts?

True motives have divine approval, which is essential to the success of any human endeavor; while wrong motives forfeit the sanction and support of infinite Mind, and must eventually result in disappointment, dissatisfaction, and defeat.

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