Be a Motivator

April 29, 2018

Be a Motivator

Motivation is what provides the inertia to move us to do something. It is something we all need. Without it, we wouldn’t do anything.

Parents need to be motivators. If you just give your children what they want, without expecting anything from them, they won’t be motivated. To withhold privileges from them is a negative form of motivation. Positive motivation is much better.

Teachers need to be motivators. They can just teach the classes they are asked to teach and feel they are doing what they are being paid to do. If they don’t motivate the students to learn they have failed in their duty.

Athletic coaches need to be motivators. They can teach the rules of the game and how it is to be played, but they will not succeed if they don’t motivate their players to put forth their best efforts.

Pastors need to be motivators. They can preach their sermons, but if they make no effort to motivate their hearers to put into practice what they have told them, they haven’t finished their job.

The following are some suggestions of ways to be motivators. Fathers, gather your children around the table and say, “Hey children, I want you all to get the best education you can. The next time your reports cards come out, if you all have a B+ average we are going to have a family celebration. I’m going to take the whole family out to eat. If you need help with one or more of your subjects let me or your mother know, and we will do all we can to help you.” Over the weeks it would be good to remind them to keep working hard on their studies. Let them know that you are looking forward to that celebration. You might think of some other things to include in it.

Teachers, let’s suppose that you are teaching a class of English grammar. “Class, we need to have a clear understanding of what constitutes a complete sentence. Sentences are composed of words. What are sentences composed of?” If the majority in the class don’t respond by saying “words” repeat the question. “Every sentence must have a noun. A noun is the name of a person, place, or thing. What is a noun?” If you don’t get a good response to your question repeat again the definition of a noun and ask again, “What is a noun?” You need student participation. Help them find joy and satisfaction in learning.

Athletic coaches need to motivate their players to set goals. Tell them that you are going to start posting a list of “achievers” on the bulletin board. “Here is what you will need to do to make the list:

1. Do 20 pushups

2. Put the ball through the basket six times out of ten

3. Run 10 yards in 6 seconds

“At the beginning of each month I’ll test you again to see if you still qualify. Those who didn’t qualify last month will have a chance to qualify the second month.”

Pastors, you can include illustrations in your sermons of people who have excelled or are excelling in the discipline you have spoken of. You can say, “If they could do it, there is no reason why you can’t.” If you have knowledge of Christians who are setting a good example they can be used as an illustration.

God wants his people to excel. Daniel 11:32 says, “But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Ephesians 4:14-16 tells us of God’s desire to see us grow. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” He wants us to be zealous of good works. Titus 2:14 says, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” From Hebrews 10:24 we learn that we should motivate one another. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” Be a motivator


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