This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “motivate.”
Honestly, when I saw the FMF prompt this morning, I didn’t feel motivated. No topic came to mind readily, and I felt I had nothing to say, no words that would be useful, or helpful, or inspiring. The temptation not to post today was strong.
And yet the one thing that motivates me is the FMF community. I have loved being a part of it over the last couple of years, I have missed it during the Christmas break, and the desire to connect with you all motivates me to sit here and type for five minutes, even though I feel I have nothing to contribute.
In this, as in many other areas of life, community can be a big motivator. When we feel like we have nothing to offer, it encourages us to show up anyway, believing that people want us there.
It’s so important that we cheer each other on.
I saw the power of this a couple of years ago. A friend was taking part in a marathon and I went with another couple of friends to cheer her on. The point where we were waiting was about twenty miles into the race: at a point where she was exhausted and weary, but where the end was till too far in sight for it to give her that final burst of motivation.
I didn’t realise how much our presence would encourage her. We didn’t do much: we stood there for twenty minutes or so waiting for her to come, we spoke a few words of encouragement, we let her know that we were there for her and that we believed she could make it. It wasn’t much, but it was powerful. We could see the tears in her eyes as she moved on, and the following day she told us that she had felt like giving up, but just to know that we were there cheering for her had given her the motivation she needed to get through those final few miles and make it to the end.
We can’t always find the motivation for ourselves, but we can take turns to encourage one another, and even doing this in simple ways can be incredibly powerful.
Maybe I did have something to say after all! 🙂
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
(Hebrews 10:24 NLT)