Motivation, a Grizzly Bear and Jesus

Everything has been a chore lately.  Do you ever feel like that?

I have to drag myself out of bed.  I have to push myself to read my bible.  I have to shame myself into running.

Motivation has been a huge challenge.  That is one reason that always says that habits are more important than motivation.  Motivation comes and goes, but a habit gets the job done anyway.

However, I still think that motivation is a really important issue.  I recently wrote about it here.  And, I continually look for motivation wherever I can dig some up.  I found some today in a story about a guy and a grizzly.

A morning routine of mine is to read the Detroit Freepress online.  I read this incredible story here about a guy who was attacked by a grizzly bear while hunting for elk in Montana.  As the bear was tearing him apart, he remembered a defensive technique that he had read about long ago.  Large animals have a bad gag reflex.  So he shoved his hand down the throat of the bear!

Yes, you read that correctly.

He shoved his hand down the throat of the bear while the bear was opening his mouth to eat him.

That is a man.

The bear didn’t like it and ran off.

So what does that have to do with motivation?

After finishing my morning time in the freepress, I had to get my workout in.  As usual lately, I didn’t feel like it, but I put on my shoes and went for a run.

I wanted to dog it.

I run trails in the woods and I came to a spot where I have to bust through some low hanging branches to get to a portion of my route that leads up a big hill.  It was chilly out and a little wet.  I knew the branches would soak me with water on the way through.  The hill didn’t sound that fun either, so I considered skipping it.

Then the guy with his fist down the throat of the grizzly bear comes to mind.  If that guy can fight off a 400 pound bear by gagging him with his hand, I had better be able to get a little uncomfortable and a little wet in order to complete a strong workout.

So I did.

How do I use this to follow Jesus?

Well, anytime you feel like you don’t want to read your bible or pray or obey God, feel free to use the bear story as motivation, but here is another idea.

Make sure you have people in your life who inspire you and pay attention to them.  Pay attention to what they say.  Pay attention to what they do and how they do it.

When I see people living strong lives for Jesus Christ, it makes me want to live that same kind of life.  Surround yourself with people who can spur you on to follow Jesus well.  The company you keep can have an incredible impact on your life for good or for ill.

The bible says that “bad company corrupts good behavior.”  It also says that” iron sharpens iron.”  Get some friends that are like iron in your life.  Spend time with them.  Be sharpened by them.

Paul encouraged this model in 1 Corinthians  11:1.  He says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Get some people like that in your life or get a grizzly bear.

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