Endurance - The Power of Motivation

Through the years I’ve been blessed with a few great coaches who have taught me the power of motivation. I’ve seen first hand the effect of a coach or a leader who speaks the right word into a competitive situation in order to get the desired results. A good coach understands that not every person is motivated in the same way.

I was listening to a high school baseball coach tell the story of walking up to the mound where his young pitcher was trying to close out a game. The winning runner was at the plate and with two outs, all he needed to do was sit him down and the team would win the game. The problem was, the last two batters the young man faced had already reached base and it seemed like things were unraveling. The coach spent a couple minutes on the mound, then returned to the dugout to watch his young pitcher throw three strikes to win the game. When asked what miracle motivational speech he spoke to the young man, the coach said, “We talked about the weather and how after the game we’re going to go over to the concession stand and get a hotdog.” The coach understood that in order to get that individual players best, he needed to relieve the pressure from the situation.

Motivation isn’t just a sports reference. For many years I held a negative belief that I hated school. I had struggled in school from about 5th grade on, I had conditioned myself to be a below average student, and honestly I expected as much. College was a different chapter in my life but old habits die hard and I continued many of the struggles from high school. It wasn’t until a professor, in front of our entire class told me something that changed the way I perceived myself. She told me while correcting some basic mistakes in my work, “Holden, you are a scholar”

From this point on I didn’t view myself as an average or below student, I viewed myself as a scholar, even if I had a long way to go to produce scholarly work. I was a college student and for the first time I realized who I was.

For a lot of Christians we either need to be told for the first time, or reminded once again who we are. We are children of the most high God. The God we serve is unstoppable, He’s never been defeated.

He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Joseph who took a young man from the pit and placed him in the palace. The God who used a man who couldn’t clearly communicate, who was wanted for murder and used him to lead the nation of Israel out of terrible slavery in Egypt to the doorstep of the promised land.

He’s the God of Daniel who was thrown in a den of hungry lions

And He’s the same now as He was then. He is the living God, He’s your God and you are His child.

Maybe you’re here this morning and you just need to be reminded, He is God and you are His child!

Don’t give up!

James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Sometimes it can feel like we’re in too deep. Life gets complicated and its easier to tuck tail and run or find a good hiding spot, but let me remind you, You are a child of God, and it’s not by your strength, but His. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10,

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” T