If you notice, there wasn't a blog post last week.
Some days, you look at the screen, and you have nothing to say. You may want to create and express your feelings on the topic, and feel like you can't.
I did the wrong thing.
If we wait for motivation to strike, would we ever get anything done?
If I say to myself, "The next time someone asks me for money, then I'll help them," how productive is that?
We make excuses, putting off helping our brothers and sisters.
We hear in the gospel of Luke the Parable of the Great Supper:
"Then He said to him, 'A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master.'"
The man of the house, here representing Christ, offers to the invited guest a seat at his table. These people may have had other needs to attend to, but they neglected their greater calling.
How often do we, out of laziness or "lack of motivation", back away from a challenge that is presented to us?
That's not to say that helping our brothers and sisters in Christ is always a challenge, but it can often be interpreted that way.
The rest of the parable packs in a motivating punch:
"Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”
I know I'm guilty of forgetting that and what Christ says in John 13:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
If we truly love those around us (even those in need), we don't have to wait to feel motivated to take action in meeting the needs we see.