Motivation Monday: Ambition

Hello all, it’s Jordyn here to hopefully shed some motivation to your Monday.

I recently came across an article from Relevant Magazine, titled “If God’s In Control, Why Am I Trying So Hard?” and you should definitely check it out.  The title alone caught my attention as I am surrounded by students attempting to become scholars.  Whether you’re a student in high school or in college, we’re all trying to accomplish and amount to something, and this got me thinking.

Enrolling in school gives students a general goal– to graduate, but setting specific goals for yourself goes way beyond just graduating.  You need ambition.

Ambition (noun) – a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

It seems ambition comes easier to some people than others.  Some might have grown  up having a rough life and want to make their lives better by becoming that professional athlete, doctor, or news anchor.  Some might have naturally grown to have a desire to work hard and make a life for themselves.

Whatever the case may be, understand this: ambition is great and needed to survive, but if your focal point isn’t structured around God, the ambition will lead to an empty void.  As we’ve seen in the media, a lot of ambition can lead to wealth, power, and corruption.  People get on a roll and end up with a bunch of idols that won’t leave this world with them when they go.  Ambition is a great thing when showing  God’s love is the core of your life.

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However, fear can stunt the growth of ambition in your life.  Fear could stem from embarrassment or failure, but get this- you can’t grow and improve if you don’t fail at all.  Failure makes us better at what we try to accomplish.  If you don’t make a scene to be remembered then chances are you won’t be remembered at all.

You might feel you have no ambition just because you don’t.  Not because of fear or of laziness.  My encouragement to you is this: try new things.  Learn new information about subjects you know nothing about.  Listen to different music.  Read an enlightening book.  Finding ambition or passion comes in unexpected ways.  If you feel you have no passion, which is untrue, stay in prayer and in God’s word.  God will place opportunities and choices in your life that can open the door to your passions.  The thing is–will you take the chance?

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A lot of things in life are not handed out, but the opportunities God gives us are not by mistake.

‘But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’ – Matthew 6:33-34

Have an amazing week!

– Jordyn

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