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WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by HEATHER SMITH

 

PLEASE WELCOME

HEATHER SMITH

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

An actor looks at his script and begins to read a scene from the second act. Because he jumped into the middle of the plot, he doesn't have enough knowledge of the character's backstory and mindset to perform the role believably. He can only infer the correct emotions based on the dialogue.

"What's my motivation?" the actor asks the director. "How did my character get to this point in his journey? What's his story?"

As Christians, we are instructed to do some pretty big things.

The Bible says, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." (Luke 10:27) Of course, we do this with the help of the Holy Spirit, but as we strive to live out this verse, it helps to look at our motivation. Why do we love, serve, and obey Him? What pushes us to keep going?

The Word makes our motivation clear: "We love him, because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19) He loves us! That's what should motivate us more than anything to follow Him. Especially since we didn't have to earn His love, and we certainly didn't deserve it. Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Whenever the journey seems hard and you find yourself asking "Why should I?" do this or "Why should I?" do that, remember your motivation: He loves you.

The God of the universe loves you unconditionally, and that's enough to keep you going.

 

ABOUT HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

Heather Norman Smith is a devotional blogger and author of inspirational fiction. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage while illuminating the redemptive love of God. Grace & Lavender is her first novel. Her second novel, Where I Was Planted, will be released Summer 2019.

Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with her husband, their three children, and several spoiled pets.

For more information, visit www.heathernormansmith.com.

ABOUT GRACE & LAVENDER

Recently retired Colleen Hill is always busy, constantly on a quest to make life more interesting.

When the ladies' group at her church partners with the local children's home, Colleen jumps in, as usual, volunteering to share her passion for cooking with a troubled teenager named Grace. But Colleen must balance the new project with her pursuit of becoming a contestant on a television game show, along with all the other ideas her brain continually spins out.

Colleen's daughter Melody is quite different. She lives a calm, simple life and is content with who she is. That is, until an unexpected opportunity to work with Grace, too, pushes her to reevaluate life and dare to take on bigger dreams. The path starts with a newly-found interest in soap-making and leads her to responsibilities she didn't even know she wanted, including helping Grace understand the meaning of her name.

Grace & Lavender is a book for all audiences—a heart-warming story that reminds us to seek God's purpose for our lives.

buy links

Grace & Lavender on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Lavender-Heather-Norman-Smith/dp/1620208334/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Grace & Lavender on Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grace-lavender-heather-norman-smith/1129215335?ean=9781620208335

 

 

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