Proverb of the Day.
For some reason, motives seem to be a theme in my Proverb of the Day, so I decided to take a look at it – and at my own heart. I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged!
I followed my usual habit and first sought a definition for “motive” from Merriam Webster. The simple definition was:
a reason for doing something.
The complete definition was:
something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act.
So, basically, motive is the reason, need or desire behind our actions.
As I recall my actions of the past days, at least the ones that really stand out, I realized my motives were pure.
1) An uncomfortable discussion with a family member
a. Motive: protecting and defending another family member
2) Designing and creating the landscaping in my backyard - which I now call my Healing Garden. (One day Ill show you the end results….)
a. Motive: Create a healing, tranquil Heaven on Earth for myself, family and friends.
3) Crocheting, sewing
a. Motive: A nice creative outlet, a way to make inexpensive, yet treasured gifts, and the joy of creating something beautiful.
4) Keeping a fairly clean house, laundry, ironing, cooking
a. Motive: I love enjoying my home and taking care of my husband.
But, in all honesty, if I “weigh” my heart with regards to my Healing Garden, my crocheting and sewing and my home, there is some pride in there as well.
And I felt bad about that, until, again, I went to Merriam Webster.
Let’s remember, words have more than one meaning, as is the case here:
: a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people
: a feeling that you are more important or better than other people
: a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.
I relate my sense of pride to the last definition – a feeling of happiness. I love to share my gardens, crafts and home with friends and family! I love having them over to relax over a meal or simply a cup of coffee. I love the look of delight on their faces when they open a handmade gift. It gives me great pleasure and joy.
This month I have been looking at the motives behind my actions.
At the same time, however, I am also modifying my actions as I look at my motives.
I’m learning to be quiet instead of continuing an argument.
I’m learning to be still and know He is God.Psalm 46:10
I’m learning to begin facing extremely hurtful and difficult situations gently leaning on His everlasting arms.
Dear Friend, this is my truth.