The Motive Is the Difference

Whether or not we enjoy ourselves in what we are doing here and now depends upon our motive. If we are motivated by a love for God, we shall enjoy what we are doing. If we are motivated by a love for self, we may not enjoy what has to be done; we may find joy turned into sorrow because something has gone wrong or turned into fear because something threatens to upset our plans.

One who is motivated by a love for God finds in every experience an opportunity to do that which he would prefer to do above all else—to glorify God. Every experience, however beautiful or trying, presents to the one so motivated a scene in which the qualities of God may be expressed. And joy is found not only in the healing effect of these qualities but in the act of expressing them.

September 14, 1963

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