Heavenly and merciful Father, grant me today, the energy to complete all that lies ahead. Refresh my spirit, Oh loving King. Allow that spring of living waters to burst and flow out of me so that I can be the light in this dark, cruel world.
Help my thoughts, deeds and actions to reflect You, each and everyday. Motivate me, Lord, as I draw close to You.
Push me, shape me and mold me, as You continue to bless and reveal Your great plans for my life. In the precious, everlasting Name of Jesus I pray, Amen!
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.” – Proverbs 16:2
We all go through our daily lives seeking hope of some kind. Where we look for hope and motivation depends on who we are and the kind of faith we draw from our relationship with God. All of us want to rely on something that can get us up and out of our beds in the morning.
God has created us to be wired this way–to live, not by certain instincts, but rather by finding our identity in something. We want to find out what our meaning and purpose is, and this drive makes us eager to search for that missing puzzle piece. What we place our hope in will set the direction of our lives. We can have hope in many things, such as a dream, a location or even a person. This can shape not only the direction of our actions but also who we become as a person. We pour our time and energy into whatever we are seeking, and all we want is for it to deliver.
However, how easily we find that the things we grasp for and place our hope in fail us. Instead of finding peace and security, we face neediness and disillusionment. This is because we are anchoring our hope and motivation in the things of this world.