Riddle of AutoMobile

Where do you find what kind of wheels DRIVE you & what road do you Drive?

Recently, I have been reading about motivation in people. Young teens to be exact. It all started because in the afterschool program that I help run one may find that there is a lack of motivation. The students, no matter how “fun” the activity may seem, are easily distracted and frequently saying, “Awww, do we have to do it? It”s boring! Why? Am I getting a better grade if I do it?” There is an endless list of expressions, of which I am sure each one of us have used at least once in our lifetime. So, what is motivation? Farlex Dictionary defines it as:

Motivation (noun)- the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior;

Here’s my definition:
Action. a state of being- Why We Do What We Do.

There are two types of motivation. There is Extrinsic motivation. There is Intrinsic motivation. Here’s how you distinguish the two.
Extrinsic motivation has to do with those ‘outside’ things that move you to do things. Like you clean your room because if you don’t then that means you will be grounded and won’t be able to go out over the weekend. Or you are nice to your youth leader so he/she does not “get you in trouble” with your parents, and …we’ll (same-o, same-o) you will be grounded and won’t be able to go out over the weekend. And….possible….but don’t let any teacher or educator know…..you finish you homework, study for a test to receive the paperless ultimate extrinsic school motivator: a passing grade (not having to repeat the course and get out of schol asap). All those are motivators that come from the outside, and were not born inside your heart.
Intrinsic Motivation is a heart issue. It is what’s inside of you that moves you to do things without expecting a reward or avoiding a consequence. For example, you take out the trash (without your mom nagging on your back all day…all week…all year? eeck) just because you see that it’s not a big deal, that your parents do soooo much more for you; that this is a simple act of love. Or you pay attention in you class, not to avoid getting detention or be teacher’s pet, but because you find the subject interesting and empowering to have new knowledge. (yeah, sure). Or you go to church because you have a meaningful relationship with God. It is satisfying for you to do ….. because it feels good/ fullfilling/ satisfying/ achieving/ important/ wise…..
Pastor Doug recently talked about happiness. He said that happiness is a state of mind, something that comes from within, and that I CHOOSE to be, think, and ack happy. An AUTOMOBILE is a a “Self [auto]-Moving [mobile]” contraction. Is is movement achieved personally. You decide. Not anyone else.

The Word speaks on the “one million dollar question” of what drives you to do things:
Proverbs 21:2
We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives

Proverbs 28:8
Mixed motives twist life into tangles; pure motives take you straight down the road.

See, we can have Extrinsic Motivation, but when the rubber meets the road, we will find it not worthwhile. Don’t do things for show (proverbs 21:2). Do things because you want to engage your life in living (deciding) actively to be the person you are developing, and you will be less likely to take a wrong turn (proverbs 28:8).

Oh, yeah….the Riddle!

Where do you find what kind of wheels DRIVE you & what road you Drive?


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