Motivate ~Five Minute Friday

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 / Pixabay

After a break I’m joining back up with the Five Minute Friday gang to write for five minutes on the prompt, “Motivate”.  You can read the posts or join in at www.fiveminutefriday.com

Time starts now:

Motivation doesn’t come naturally to me.  Actually, it usually takes something big to get me to do what I know I should.  It’s not until I receive a high blood sugar report that I’m motivated to exercise.  Company coming is usually the reason that motivates me to clean my house and unfortunately, guilt is what motivates me to do a lot that I don’t want to do but know I should.

Prayer is the same for me.  When things are going smoothly I sometimes let my quiet time be filled with other things even though I know to live a life connected to Christ, I shouldn’t. Often, it’s when life becomes challenging I find the motivation to pray.  Boy, Paul knew what he was saying when he wrote those words in the “do-do” chapter…..you know the one, ” I don’t do what I should do but instead do what I shouldn’t do”!  From his pen to my lips!!!!

It’s the time of year when a lot of people are making New Year’s resolutions.  I admire those who are motivated by a goal and follow through. Me? Obviously, not so much.  It’s never too late to change though, so maybe writing these words will be motivation enough to get me started to do what I know I should do and not do what I know I shouldn’t do!! What DO you think?

 

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10 thoughts on “Motivate ~Five Minute Friday

  1. Kelly Blackwell

    Hey girl, nothing motivates me to clean more than having company. Of course I also have a habit of closet cleaning (throwing it all in the closet). I’m making steps this year though. Tidy is the only goal though. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    1. Cindy Post author

      Haha Kelly! I’ve done a little of that closet cleaning myself! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

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  2. Anita Ojeda

    Hey, Cindy! You sound like my left-handed sister ;). I’m a curly-haired teacher, abuela, wife, mother, emerging writer, who usually only cleans the house if company is coming ;). I quit making resolutions about five years ago–I come up with solutions, instead (I wrote about it on my other blog). I’ve found that little changes done consistently over time works a lot better than lofty resolutions. Glad I stopped by, FMF neighbor!

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    1. Cindy Post author

      I’m all for having another sister, Anita! You can’t have too many! I love the idea of solutions rather than resolutions! I think baby steps will work a lot better for me as well! I so appreciate you taking your time to comment.

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  3. LaVonne Hammett

    Great blog Cindy! It IS hard to always do what we should do, especially when we are always pivoting around the surprising things that keep us from doing what we need to. ha I find it easier to have the same New Years Resolution every year. Based on what makes my life easier. So my resolution is always, Lord, make me tolerant of others as I know they will have to be tolerant of me. Having that covered is nice. ha ha Enjoy your Christmas with Hannah and family. xo

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    1. Cindy Post author

      That’s a good one LaVonne! I figure you’re pretty easy to tolerate! I’m so excited to have the kids here! Looking forward to lots of fun! Thanks for taking your time to comment!

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  4. Lesley

    I agree, Cindy, it’s easy to drift along and only be motivated to do what we know we should when we have a pressing reason to do it. I am trying to develop better habits this year so that it’s not just at moments of “crisis.” And I smiled at you description of Romans 7 as the “do-do chapter!” Visiting from FMF #19.

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    1. Cindy Post author

      Thanks for stopping in Leslie! I’m going to try to develop better habits too! It does drive me crazy when I don’t do what I know I should!!!

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  5. Robin Kile

    AMEN!!! You hit the nail on the head for a lot of us, I think. Thanks again for giving us food for thought.

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