What Are Your Motives?

friends-talking-300x400In personal relationships, we invest time in getting to know the other person because we have our own personal objectives in mind. But how often do we take into consideration the interests of the other person? Is it only when their interests align with our interests? If so, this is not truly relating to the other person. If we are only interested in becoming acquainted with someone else based on what they can do to further our personal agenda, then we will never get to know the other person…and then we will eventually lose interest in the other person.

t1larg.mad.friendsBelieve it or not, this is how we treat God when we come to Him. We come to Him with our own personal agenda and beliefs on how our relationship with Him should evolve. In the midst of it all, we never really get to know God or the good that He has planned for us. We never get to know His thoughts toward us. We never get to know Him (Ex. 33:11-23)…

We need to rethink our approach to relating to others, especially when it comes to God. We miss out on so many unique and special moments when we view our relationships through selfish lenses…#‎thinkonthesethings

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8 thoughts on “What Are Your Motives?

  1. That’s really a great post. I completely agree. As long as we are so focused on ourselves we will never get to know anything or anyone else that might be expanding our being.

    1. How else will we know if someone is adding value to who we are? Or whether or not we are adding any value to them? There must be reciprocity. Unfortunately, may relationships are one-sided and many end up getting hurt.

  2. You are so right about our selfish agenda in relationships. I used to discuss this with students, asking them to spend an entire day listening to other people, instead of merely waiting until they could jump in with their own agenda. We were given 2 ears and 1 mouth so that we can listen more than we speak.

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