Motivate or Inspire

"And they exceeded all our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us." 2 Corinthians 8:5
Being a trainer I have found that you can only "motivate" someone for so long. You can encourage them to eat better, exercise, and drink more water, but at the end of the day it is always their choice to do so. On the other hand, if someone sees how hard you work and sees you eating better and exercising then you inspire them to want to make those changes as well. For an example, I hate running for long periods of time. I usually just take the HIIT route and knock it out. My sister has been running lately and for miles and miles and I am over here like dannnnng!! Now that is inspiring! If she were to tell me to go run I would say heck no, but her actually doing it herself makes me want to as well.

How about taking it to Christianity. If I tell people Jesus is the answer to their problems and tell them to pray and it will be ok but my life is not a living example, how on earth will that help at all?! But if my faith is strong and if people see me day in and day out living and operating through Jesus, that is an inspiration. I want to be inspirational. I do not want to just motivate people. I want people to see my marriage, business, family, relationship with God, and love for others to be such an inspiration that they want what I have. The "goods" and that is Jesus! Who wants to be inspirational with me? Let us strive every day to challenge ourselves to operate more in Him than in ourselves.

God, I love you. Thank you for loving me when I fall short. thank you for giving me the tools to be an inspiration to people to show them you. Let me live my life in such a way that makes others want to be like you. I love you so much. In your son's name, amen!