Motivated

She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. Proverbs 31:13 NKJV

Have you ever met a self-motivated person? What characteristics stood out in that person? Maybe you noticed perseverance, independence, entrepreneurial ship, stability, or confidence to name a few.

The woman described in today’s verse is definitely a “go-getter”. She doesn’t dream about what to do, she does it. She doesn’t wait for opportunities to come her way, she makes them happen. She doesn’t just use whatever materials are on hand. No, she searches for the finest material. She makes special effort to get what she needs to deliver the best.

Can you tell the difference between someone doing a task out of duty versus out of willingness? Absolutely, the person operating out of duty has no joy, no pleasure in what they do because it is done out of obligation. Work is just one more “must be done” things on the list. By contrast, the person who works willingly appears joyful, pleasant, optimistic, and eager to help and never runs out of energy.

The lady in our verse today is in the second camp described above. She works willingly with her hands. She is not afraid of messing up, ruining things, failing or getting dirty! She uses her God-given talents for good. She lets none of her abilities stand idle and unused. She enjoys creating with her hands, especially when it benefits others, as we will see in other verses later.

Yes, motivation and willingness to work are qualities of a contributing member. Whether it is a wife, mother, child, employee or a manager mastering these two traits will gain you a favorable reputation with God and man.

How about you? Do you possess these traits? If not, why? Ask God to help you improve in these areas.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your willingness to work in and through us when we are surrendered to you. There is a plan and purpose behind all going on in our lives. Help us to align to your will so God gets the glory in all we do. In your precious name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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