Why Your Motives Matter More Than Doing The Right Thing

If you didn’t receive another thank you, or an ounce of recognition for the things you do now, would you continue to do them?

How you go about doing what you do, matters immensely more than what you’re actually doing.

Be mindful of your motives, and have some integrity. You will have more peace when you’re doing it for the right reasons, rather you are acknowledged or not.

We live in a time where the appearance of something matters more than what it actually is underneath. A modern gilded age, really. We take a million pictures for the perfect one, we yell at the kids to stop touching the balloons for the party we put together, because it has to be perfect, even though you bought the balloons for THEM, and hope that we can “capture” a moment worth talking about, or admiring, instead of actually being in them. The moments. Some even do good, in hopes of growing their personal status, wanting to look like a good person, instead of just being one.

How we are doing a thing often matters more than what we are actually doing. Just like man looks at the outer appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. What good is a beautiful shell with dead bones on the inside? What good is a great picture of you helping the homeless, but none of them felt your presence or love? We must examine ourselves, and our motives today, and really begin to do things, no matter how great or small, with the right heart attitude. Doing so will allow more peace to come to you, as you are no longer angered over touched balloons or lack of an appreciation post, or recognition. You did it because it was in you to do, because you want to make their day, or just see them smile. Or whatever the reason.

The little things we do matter. The time and effort you put into something does not go unnoticed, (God sees) but if it wasn’t seen by man, would you keep cleaning the house, or taking lunch to the widow down the road?

There is a scripture that says, “But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy], so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:3-4‬ ‭

This is why it’s so important to be guided in what you are doing. Oftentimes, you will not have even planned for a moment of giving, or did not know you would have just what someone would need that day, but God divinely places you to be there to answer their prayers. When you give, or do something for the benefit of a fellow human, do so in love, with humility, and void of the desire to acquire fame or accolades from it. Your Father saw you, and will reward you for your obedience when the time is right. Go on, as if it never happened, giving thanks for having the opportunity to be a lender instead of a borrower.

There is another passage that says,

“You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:3

I’m just the messenger. And I’ve been guilty in my past for sure. You want to get or do something merely for your own, selfish desires, not thinking about the people involved, or what God thinks. How many of your current prayers are for the gain of others? How many of your to-do lists have “meeting someone else’s needs” and making their day, without anyone ever knowing it was you? Look within, and self evaluate, making adjustments where needed. In such a “manifest it” age, everyone seems to think that they can get whatever they want, even when they are holding hate and anger, unforgiving of others, and may even have the right desire, but the wrong reasoning behind it. You may manifest some things, but if you want them to be blessings that are without sorrow, (from God) you may want to rethink your motives, at all times.

Ask yourself, what do I find myself getting upset about when I’m not recognized for it? It could be cleaning the house, cooking dinner, or consistently doing laundry. Today, begin by resetting yourself, and making a decision to do whatever you do from here on out, with the right heart attitude, no matter the praise, or lack thereof. Not getting caught up in the glitz and glam of fickle peer validation, but knowing that the Father saw you, and will reward you accordingly. Not to mention, you doing the right thing, means you are walking in purpose, being a tree others can come to for good fruit.

Something that is worth far more than plastic apples, covered in gold.

I challenge you to operate from love and light and see if that doesn’t feel better than anything else you’ve ever tried anyways. It’s true, that the people you help will ultimately still be helped or serviced, and may never know your reasoning, but you will. And, in order to live a more abundant life, you will have to operate from an abundant heart, one that does not have room for ill motives or exploiting other’s losses, for your gain.

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