Motives mean everything… I can’t say it enough! Doing the “right” thing for the “wrong” reason will never bring permanent, positive results. For example: If I go to AA because I don’t want to go to jail… I might stay sober, but I will be unhappy. If I give to my significant other because I don’t want to be alone… I might get married, but I will be unhappy. If I work hard because I love money… I might have a long career, but I will be unhappy. I frequently hear people say “Do whatever works for you”… but for me, if happiness isn’t the end result, then it simply isn’t working. The goal for today: know that true success can only end in happiness for you & the people around you! Have a great day everybody!
Nobody ever does anything for no reason. There is always a reason for what we do, but we usually are not consciously aware of what that reason is. For example: why do we tell people when someone wrongs us? Are we telling everybody because we are trying to be helpful to others… or are we telling everyone in an attempt to get people on our side? When we get scared, it skews our motives & we start doing the wrong things, for wrong reasons… which always brings the wrong results. The goal for today: put my best effort into doing the Right things, for the Right reasons… & watch as things turn out Right! Have a great day everybody!
If I get upset because someone didn’t appreciate my kindness… that’s proof that I was looking for appreciation. If I get upset because someone didn’t return my kindness… that’s proof that I was looking for a return. If I expect to get something in return for my kindness, then it’s not really kindness… it’s selfishness. We do receive as a result of giving kindness… but that can’t be the primary motive & we must understand that we don’t always get the return from the person we were kind to. The goal for today: give kindness out freely… for no reason other than, it’s the Right thing to do! Have a great day everybody!
I know that helping others is going to make me feel better… but that’s not why I do it. I do it because it’s the Right thing to do… because it’s what we are here to do… because it makes the world a better place for everyone. But I’ve got to get that motive Right in order to get the Right result. When I help someone & I don’t feel better, that’s proof that my motive wasn’t Pure. Somewhere along the line, I was doing it for me… not you. The goal for today: help others the Right way, for the Right reasons, expecting nothing in return from them… & your own happiness will be guaranteed! Have a great day everybody!
Motives mean everything! I field a lot of questions about Right & wrong & sometimes the answers “appear” to be inaccurate because the end results don’t add up. For example: if I tell you that helping others will make you feel better & it doesn’t work… you can be guaranteed that the motive behind it wasn’t Pure. If you help them for “their” sake… you will feel better. If you help them for “your” sake… you won’t feel better because that is a selfish motive. The goal for today: keep your motives in check… because motives are the only difference between Right & wrong! Have a great day everybody!
Day 3 of the 7 Main Aspects of God
Spirit: The feeling that comes from doing the Right thing, for the Right reason.
Spirit is a Pure emotion… it can’t be artificially induced from the outside… & it can’t be felt if any or all of the key components are even slightly skewed. For example: the cheerleader at the pep rally can’t force you, against your will, to have spirit… it must come from within. Another example is when we do something kind for someone & then get mad because they didn’t appreciate it. That would be doing the Right thing for the wrong reason & that skewed motive makes it impossible to feel that Pure Good. The goal for today: do the Right thing, for the Right reason… & feel Right! Have a great day everybody!
Are you running away from the devil (bad)… or toward God (good)? The motives behind our actions dictate the outcome they have on us. For example: if I do my work because I’m afraid I will starve to death if I don’t… I will probably hate my job. If I do my work because I know it is going to make my life & the lives of others better… I will love my job. Both approaches may put food on the table… but only one will nourish the soul. The goal for today: don’t just survive… utilize the Right motives & see what it feels like to be truly alive! Have a great day everybody!
I vow to put my absolute best effort into living Right today. I will do my best to have: Purity in my motives… I will do the Right things, for the Right reasons. Honesty in my thoughts… I will tell myself & others the Truth & prove it through my actions. The spirit of Unselfishness… I will be genuinely happy putting your needs ahead of mine. Unconditional Love… I will have no ill will toward anyone, for any reason. The goal for today: live by Purity, Honesty, Selflessness & Love… remembering always, that God doesn’t require perfection… but He does require my best effort! Have a great day everybody!
If it hurts, it isn’t really Love. If it makes me unhappy, it isn’t really Selfless. If it causes bad, it isn’t really the Truth. Real Love, Unselfishness & Truth can never cause pain, misery & suffering… resentment, selfishness & dishonesty cause those things. I had to stop lying to myself about the Purity of my motives. If I’m treating people a certain way in an attempt to get them to treat me a certain way, that’s selfish & dishonest… & will, without exception, end in resentment. The goal for today: KNOW that real Love, Selflessness & Truth, can ONLY lead to Happiness, Joy & Freedom! Have a great day everybody!
I have to be careful with my motives. If I help people with the motive of making myself feel better… it won’t work. If I give to people with the motive of clearing my conscience… it won’t work. If I change my life with the motive of pleasing others… it won’t work. Dressing my selfishness up as helpfulness… pretending to make up for lost time when I’m really just trying to get rid of my guilt… or begrudgingly doing something to appease others… will not work out in the end. The goal for today: help others, give freely & change… simply because it’s the Right thing to do! Have a great day everybody!