Motive - Never Stop Asking Yourself - "Why?"

This is Part 3 of a discussion about thought, inspiration, and motivation. What is a motive? The dictionary states, "A motive is something that causes a person to act in a certain way, a goal or object of a person's actions." So, in this definition, we clearly have a "person" and why he/she "acts".

ntention, in my opinion, is different from motive. An intention is something we are conscious of. We think about our intentions. If someone misunderstands our intention, we know it, and we are many times hurt by it. A motive is deeper. I am not certain we are always conscious of our true motives.

As human beings, we move and act in the physical reality of space and time. It is what we do and say that people see and hear. So do our motives really matter? Does what is hidden deep in our psyche really impact the world?

Even as a young
physical therapist, I was drawn to patients with complex diagnoses or life-changing trauma. My intention with these patients was always noble. I wanted to help. Now that I am older, and I hope a little wiser, I realize my motives were not always as noble as my intentions. I believe there were also deep motives concerned with being the best, being respected, and being admired. Just as Jesus warns in Matthew 6:1, these motives took away from the purity of the act of giving. My ego and my perfectionism were stealing much of the joy in my life.

I have been immeasurably blessed by my patients, children, family, friends, and my husband, but it was not until I consciously
connected back to the source of everything that I realized my motives were, at times, not aligned with my intentions. This is not some sort of event. It is a daily, even moment to moment, reflecting, rethinking, and reevaluating the "why" behind what I choose to do.
It is the mindfulness behind "to pray without ceasing".

Jesus speaks to us about guarding our heart and how the unseen force of our thoughts can powerfully change the world. In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus places great concern not only on acts of violence, but also on thoughts of anger toward another. Like two ends of the same line our action and intention cannot be separated from our deeper, maybe completely hidden, motivation.

The dinosaur that left this track was great and large and powerful. He left a lasting impression upon the earth. Mother Teresa once said, "God does not require that we do great things, only small things with great love." There are many noble acts, but the ones which originate from a
divinely inspired motive leave lasting impressions upon the heart and soul. These personal, small, loving, and penetrating impressions span erosion, knowledge, power, space, and time.
They last forever.

I personally need to be careful not to care more about how I am performing the gift, than why I am giving in the first place. We must help the next generation realize the endless strength and possibility available to them when their
motives align with the dreams of God, the love of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Teach them to always search their heart... To never stop asking themselves "why?".
Your thoughts?