I’ve been thinking a lot about motives lately – my motives, specifically.
Sometimes, I do things because I’m paid to do them. It’s my job.
Sometimes, I do things because I have to – like paying taxes
Sometimes (too often), I do things out of selfish desires.
Sometimes, I act on impulse.
Sometimes, I do things to earn the approval of others – or to avoid their criticism or disapproval. If I am going to be honest, I do this a lot. A lot.
We all do, I suspect, to one degree or another. We want people to like us. We crave validation. It doesn’t feel good to know someone is disappointed in you.
But, I fear, especially for pastors, this can be a slippery and dangerous slope. It is for me. Rather than doing what is right and good for the intrinsically right and good reasons, it is easy to slip…
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