So many people get stuck. And we don’t want to, but we stay stuck. I wonder why… Do you think it might be that our motivation for getting unstuck is wrong. Why do I want my marriage to get better? So I’ll be happier. Why do I want to get out of debt? So I won’t have that financial stress. Why do I want to lose weight? So I’ll look better. Why do I want to end my addiction? So I’ll stop feeling the guilt.
Notice the theme? It’s all about me. The Bible tells us in James 4:3 that sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers because our motivations are selfish.
What’s the right motivation? I want my marriage to get better so people will see what a husband and wife look like who really put God first. I want to get out of debt so people will see what God does when a person submits his finances to Him. I want to lose weight so I can have more energy to serve God. I want to end my addiction so people can marvel at what God can do in a person’s life.
God needs to be not only the power that gets me unstuck, but also my reason for wanting to, and the one who receives the glory for it in the end.