Motivation is a slippery concept. There was a time when the motivation to come to church was based solely on the expectation of one's parents, or the fear of hell, or the cute youth group member you wanted to meet. These days our motivations to participate in the life of the church are as varied as our personalities. For many of us, church is a lifeline; it is a place to connect with a spiritual source of being, and a human source of support. If it were not for this church family, there would likely be fewer meaningful attachments and activities in your life.
We all live busy lives, there is no way around that. It's not easy to make time in our week for church between work, and family, and sports, and sleep. Yet, when we do find ways to make space, often we find that we have not lost the time for something else, and instead gained something more powerful and meaningful than a football game, a concert, a few extra hours of sleep.
As we enter into the Fall season, there will be opportunities to be part of this faith community and to reach out to others in the communities in which we live and work. Maybe you haven't been motivated yet to join us on a Wednesday evening for Caffeinated Conversations at Leonardo's Coffee shop, but we'd love to see you! Maybe this is the year when you will feel the pull to leave your pew and join the choir. Perhaps you will be motivated to volunteer your gifts and play an instrument for our worship. Have you volunteered to help with Vets in the Ville? Maybe you will be motivated to serve on Church Council.
Motivation isn't just about getting off your butt and doing something; it's also about listening to the prodding of the Holy Spirit. What is God asking of you? What is God prodding you to do? Maybe it's to join something that is already in existence; maybe it's to bring something new to life.
If you are seeking to discern what motivates you to be part of this faith community, if you are struggling to see what God is calling you to do, or you have been awoken in the night by that still, small, insistent voice of God, I invite you to give me a call, I would love to explore together where the Holy Spirit may be leading you.
With the Greatest of Hope!