Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hebrews 10:24

What is it that best motivates you to compete at your highest level?  Some athletes are motivated by challenge.  Others are moved by the thrill of winning.  Others still are provoked to excellence by the fear of losing.  What is it for you?  We’re certainly not all wired the same.

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews has some insight into motivation and writes about it at chapter 10 and verse 24.  “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”  How do your coaches and teammates stir you up to be your best?

There are three important parts of this simple sentence which have direct application to today’s competition:

• Let us consider one another.  This implies that serious thought should be given to each member of the team.  Where motivation is concerned, one size does not fit all.  Let’s give a real effort to understand each member of the team.

• In order to stir up.  What stirs up a great performance in you may not affect me at all and vice versa.  One teammate may require a pat on the back while another may be better motivated by a kick in the pants.  We must consider what will stir up each person most effectively.

• Love and good deeds.  We all know plenty of people who get stirred up and it’s not always toward love and good deeds.  The idea is not to simply stir them up, but to stimulate or to motivate them toward the things that make for the highest level of success for the team.  Let’s be consciously aware of the things that help each one achieve at his or her highest level.

As you compete today, give careful attention to the motivational keys in each of your teammates.  Find a way to press that button that stirs up the best performance possible in each one.  That is part of being a great teammate, coach and competitor.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 7:11-17
Colossians 1:1-14
Psalms 123-124
I Chronicles 1-2