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My friend, may I ask you a question? What motivates you to get things done? Is it the knowledge that you are capable of doing the work or do you believe that the work itself will somehow magically give you the ability to accomplish what you set out to do?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I watched my son fix the brakes on his car the other day. He worked hard and in the matter of a few hours he had replaced the calipers and pads, put everything back together and test drove the car. He was confident in doing the job and did not hesitate to make the decision to buy the parts that were need and do the work himself. Meanwhile, I was content to watch. Not having ever attempted to work on brakes as he does so routinely, my motivation would have been to let someone else do the work. The difference being that he had no fear of failing the work and I did.

Was it what he had done in the past that made him believe he could do the work? Or, was it his belief in succeeding that formed his motivation?

Edna Butterfield relates this story: “My husband, Ron, once taught a class of mentally impaired teenagers. Looking at his students’ capabilities rather than their limitations, Ron got them to play chess, restore furniture and repair electrical appliances. Most important, he taught them to believe in themselves. Young Bobby soon proved how well he had learned that last lesson. One day he brought in a broken toaster to repair. He carried the toaster tucked under one arm, and a half-loaf of bread under the other. (Edna Butterfield)

What motivates you to get things done? Is it the knowledge that you are capable of doing the work or do you believe that the work itself will somehow magically give you the ability to accomplish what you set out to do. Believing that you can do the work is a much better motivator than believing that the work itself will give you the ability to be successful. Likewise, it is faith that motivates our good work and not the other way around. If you have faith, you will be moved to do good works. But simply doing good deeds may never motivate faith. Believing you can repair your brakes it the best motivator when it comes to buying the parts and doing the work and so it is with our faith. Our works grow from our belief that Jesus has done them perfectly. Now it is our turn to role up our sleeves and follow His example.

We pray. Heavenly Father, I want to dwell in Your house and gaze on Your beauty. I want to seek Your face. “One thing I ask of You, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple… Hear my voice when I call, O LORD" (Psalm 27:4, 7). May we live our faith as Christ lived His promise to You and for us. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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