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The key to motivating another person is understanding their heart. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Of course, it isn’t. Most of us don’t understand our own hearts and what motivates us! We tend to put a happy face to most of our motives. All our motives are good and pure. The motives of others? Not so much! Particularly if they hurt us. There couldn’t possibly have been a reason why you said something to me that hurt my feelings that had anything but negative and hurtful motives behind it!

The key to motivating another person is understanding their heart. Sounds so simple doesn't it? Of course, it isn't. Most of us don't understand our own hearts and what motivates us! Click To Tweet

But it just isn’t so. How many times have you been busy and not even thought through even scenario in your head and said something you later found out hurt a friend? When you found out how it was taken, you were amazed. Why? Because she was coming at the conversation from a totally different perspective!

So motivational speakers don’t really excite me. They think they understand who I am and where I am and they are rarely even close! I prefer one-on-one conversations thank you!    stop

That way I can look in your eyes, see those subtle responses, ask follow-up questions, take time to hear your answers and go off into apparent rabbit trails that tell me more of your story and lead me deeper into your heart.

For Christians, we have the additional layer of the Holy Spirit to give us insight into the needs of each other. He gives us clues. We don’t hear a voice that spells everything out, but we have a lot of clear teaching from the Bible…that we sometimes misunderstand of course. But He promises to guide us if we obey Him.

And I am sure of this,
that he who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion
at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6

 

 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak,
and not to please ourselves.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

For Christ did not please himself…
 
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction,
that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.

May the God of endurance and encouragement
grant you to live in such harmony with one another,
in accord with Christ Jesus,

that together you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you,
for the glory of God.

Romans 15:1-7

 

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