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October 7, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Would $100 motivate you to run through the cemetery at night?  That was a basic offer when I was a boy.  Of course, motivation was not the issue. Think about $100 in the 1940s — that was the offer if someone would run through the city cemetery at night!

Now, I don’t know if it was true or not.  I never heard a person make the offer or who was going to pay the money if someone did it.  But for us young fellows, we talked about it often.  And none of us were really interested in doing it.  The cemetery in Stone Mountain was not a flat piece of land.  It had some up and down hills, plus lots of trees.  There was no lighting, and I can testify it was so pitch dark that you could not even walk it at night without the danger of stumbling every few feet.

But it was not the difficulty of going through the cemetery at night — it was the fear.  And even $100 in those days was not motivation enough for any of us to try it.

There was an incident in another cemetery, however.  It was a smaller, and more isolated cemetery.  It was rather new and there had not been many burials.  One young man lived on the other side of the new cemetery, and because it was so flat and open, he would still walk that way home.  Going home, rather late, one night, he cut through the cemetery as usual.  He walked rather briskly, of course.  Unknown to him, there had been a grave dug for a burial the next day.  In his haste to pass through the cemetery, he stepped into the open grave. 

He fell into the grave, but fortunately he was not injured.  He began to attempt to crawl out. The walls of the grave were perfectly straight, and the depth was about eight feet.  He could not reach the top to pull himself out.  He attempted to straddle the corners with his feet on each side, but he would fall back down each time.  He began to yell — but who else would possibly be out there?  He decided just to sit in the corner and try to get some sleep.  He knew some workmen would be back early the next morning, and they would help him get out.

He had just fallen asleep when he heard a big thud!  It startled him so that he could not speak.  He realized as he heard another person talking to himself, that someone had fallen in.  He did not speak for a moment.  In the fear that came over the other person, there was a scratching and pawing and jumping and everything else one could try to get out.  It was obvious the person was scared and in a panic.

After a few tries and failures, it was like the new guest in the grave was going to continue to climb and fall until he would hurt himself, so the young man sitting quietly and unknown to the man, finally spoke up, “You can’t get out of here!”

But the fellow did!

He was motivated!

Of course the above is only fictional, but it does raise a question. What motivates us?  Is it money, desire for popularity, a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction that we succeeded?  And we can add many other possibilities.  But what is the real motivation in life!

Why do I live as I do?  What causes me to seek a moral and spiritual life?  What force gives direction in my life?  These are good questions that can be asked in many scenarios.  But there should be only one answer to such a question —  no matter what arena of life to which we speak.  One source of motivation . . . can you name it?

The answer, and only answer, for proper motivation to all our living is Jesus Christ!  He must be the power . . . and not worldly things or our ego.  It must be Christ!

“For Christ’s love constrains us . . . .” (2 Corinthians 5:14)  “All of a man’s way seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:2)  ” . . . He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.  At that time each will receive his praise from God.”  (1 Corinthians 4:5)



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