Ecclesiastes 4:4 (TLB)
Then I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy! But this, too, is foolishness, chasing the wind.
I took a deep breath and asked the question…
“What do you observe to be the driving force of my life to be. Be honest – I can take it”
I wasn’t sure if I could take it but I asked anyway – of my family, three work colleagues, and three close mates. I was hoping for a single, definitive, elegant answer but apprehensive that a flaw in my character would be revealed or that one group would be wildly different to another group – thus revealing I am different person in different situations. (Why do I do this to myself???)
The results? Actually, not too bad. They all said basically the same thing – God and family. These are the two driving forces in my life. Phew! Here’s two quick observations that I discovered…
- My work colleagues said “family” before God. They observed that my family was a bigger driving force in my life than God was. He’s definitely there – just not #1. Ok – I have some work to do. (See Luke 14:26)
- My perception of what drives me (selfishness, fear, anxiety and stress, pride, feelings of inferiority, sin, money, fear of not having money) are actually NOT driving me. The Holy Spirit is working in my life as I cast these struggles at the cross and plead with Him for help. It’s actually working! My feelings are wrong – the evidence is in – God is doing something in my life!
I encourage you to try it – ask the question of those closest to you “what is the driving force of my life?” The answers may surprise you.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen