Pearl 38: Scripture
Pearl 40: Be Agressive

Pearl 39: Duty vs. Joy

TOPIC: Goals and Motivation

"For the joy set before him he endured the cross,
scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand
of the throne of God" - Hebrews 12:2.

You accomplish goals not because you have to, but because you choose to do so. And if the joy of the end result is not uppermost in your mind and ever before you, you will lose heart and hope along the way. Jesus kept the joy of the goal before Him and that enabled Him to endure the cross the despise the shame.  You will do well to emulate His example.  Are you goals joyful, or duty-bound? Is the vision of the end result so clear in your mind that you will endure what you must to see that vision come to pass?

Lord, joy was Your motivator and I want it to be mine as well. But my fears and concepts of what I think it means to serve You cause me at times to abandon joy and embrace duty.  I want to set goals that stem from my joy so that I can have Your strength to endure and achieve.

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