Porch #66 * Clarify Your Motivation

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Compassion fatigue, burnout, ministry fatigue syndrome.  That's what we've been talking about this week.  The overwhelm, frazzled, exhausted, running-on-empty that hits us, that left untended morphs into who we become and what we're known for.  

Even when we've been doing what we thought was the right thing.

Maybe it's not what we're doing.  Maybe it's why.  Here's a question to help us clarify.  It's a simple one.  Yet it invites us to do a bit of digging to discover what's really going on inside.  Thank God that the Holy Spirit specializes in guiding us into all truth (John 16:13).  

As you deal with your daily 

situations and relationships, 

what things tend to 

control your heart?


Fear?  Pride?  Position?  Anger?  Ego?

Shame?  Frustration?  Regret?  Desperation?  

Hurt?  Guilt?  Control?  Frustration?  People-pleasing?

If we're coming from one of these unhealthy places, we will feel like we're never enough and we'll always push ourselves harder and harder, trying to fill the desperate void inside.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
- Psalm 139:3-4

Who controls us?  Shapes our goals?  Gives us freedom to make wise decisions?


So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
- 2 Corinthians 5:9

You must each decide in your heart how much to give.  And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."  And God will generously provide all you need.
- 2 Corinthians 9:7-8


Up Next - Part 3 - Nudges Toward Wholeness


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