Story of the Day for Wednesday January 25, 2012
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For Christ’s love compels us, because . . . one died for everyone . . . and he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Back in the old days, a telephone operator had to manually route every phone call. But then, in 1889, a new invention allowed you to dial and connect to a party without the intervention of an operator.
The man who invented the rotary dialing system, Almond Strowger, did not work for the telephone company. He was, of all things, a funeral director.
Back in the late 1800s, Mr. Strowger was one of two funeral directors in Kansas City, Missouri. He noticed that, as telephones began to be installed in his town, his business declined. Odd.
He decided to pay the telephone company a visit and discovered that the telephone operator was the wife of the other funeral director in town. When someone called and needed a funeral director, guess who this telephone operator was connecting them to?
Instead of grumbling about his fate, Mr. Strowger did something about it. In 1889, he invented and later patented, a rotary dial phone and an automated switchboard.
Strowger was not an inventor who accidentally bumbled into a discovery; he was highly motivated to keep his pesky competitor’s wife from ruining his business.
The term, “motivation,” is based on two Latin words: “moto,” which means “to move,” and “vation,” which means . . . um . . .
Anyway, let’s not stray from the point – which is that motivation gets us moving.
In life, it’s not just important what you do but why you do it. You can dance because you’re happy that your daughter just got engaged, or you can dance because a cowboy in a black hat is shooting his .44 at your feet and hollering, “Dance!” In both cases you’re performing the identical action, but your motivation for doing so makes a huge difference in your disposition.
Many people join churches and adopt stray kittens because they hope that, if they do enough good things in life, God will let them go to heaven. But this kind of motivation for being good really stinks. Everything we do becomes ultimately motivated by selfishness. We don’t help old ladies across the street because we care about them; we’re doing it for ourselves, to earn our way into God’s presence.
Jesus changes our motivation for living. He left all our sins nailed permanently on the cross and now offers us life as his gift to us.
Once we understand a love like that we’ll still want to join a church and adopt stray kittens, but now we’ll do it for love.
Motivation changes everything.
(copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)