All of us are motivated by something. In simplest terms, our human nature often drives us to crave one of the three P’s: Pleasure, Possessions, and Power. Jesus explained it like this.
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. I John 2:16 (NLT)
I like to think my motives are completely pure. Which is why I was recently surprised when I took a personality test that showed otherwise. (Ok, maybe I wasn’t all that surprised, but the exercise itself was quite enlightening.)
As part of a project at work, I participated in “scientific” personality study. In other words, I was an executive guinea pig. The study measures personality, as well as motives, values, and preferences.
What were my scores? Let’s just say I got high marks in the three P’s – especially in areas of achievement, recognition, and (yikes) even pleasure. Even more interesting? I received equally high scores indicating values of altruism and tradition. The result? I appear to be completely conflicted -- according to my scores, I’m two people living inside the same body.
While I was mildly amused by the results, I also asked myself, What really motivates me? If I have to be honest, my motives will never be completely pure this side of heaven. But I think that’s ok. The test helped me realize that God created me to have a passion for life – an inner drive – that I can ultimately use for a greater purpose. And as long as I live in this world, I’m going to be conflicted. But God still accepts and uses a woman of mixed motives.
What motivates you? Pleasure? Possessions? Power? Something else?