Saturday, May 21, 2016

Motives. Proverb of the Day.

Proverb of the Day. 

Proverbs 21:2
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.
However, I’m sure not all my motives are pure, which is why this Psalm is so important to remember:

psalms 51:10

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.
I’m learning.

Dear Friend, this is my truth.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart and life, I so appreciate your openess. God our Father has given you a giving heart, love you.