What Motivates You?

What makes you tick?
What encourages you to do your best work?
What inspires you?
What influences you to be your best?

These are often job interview questions.  The purpose is for you to self-assess what motivates you.  The potential employer is looking for “the right” answer knowing that it gives them insight into what kind of employee you will be.  But with today’s technology at our fingertips,  we can Google the best answer to be prepared. 

According to Collegegrad.com The best approach to answering this question is:   

Do not talk about money. Focus on doing interesting work (which is actually the #1 motivator for most professionals), recognition, tools to do your work and/or the opportunity for future advancement. If they ask “What about money?” as a follow-up question, you can simply acknowledge that money is important, but if you are doing interesting work, you know that the money will follow.”  (https://collegegrad.com/tough-interview-questions/what-motivates-you)

what-motivates-youI’m not so sure our woman of the week, Delilah could use the answer above honestly, even with the help of Google. “Interesting work” was not her motivator. Money was and if we measured her success by how well she got paid; she was very good at her job. 

And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”  Judges 16:5

The spunky country music song “i do it, i do it, i do it, i do it for money”  could have been Delilah’s theme song.  She was motivated by money and her beauty and savvy business sense landed her with quite a big sum. (thought to equal 15 million in todays money)  That’s pretty good pay for even a high class call girl.  


Over the years, I have had a few jobs at work where I felt like a prostitute.  Without a doubt we were working just for the money because we’ve done anti-ecotherapist type jobs. At times we have cut down forests and move mountains to get the job done.

But the truth is… approval is what motivates me. I think it stems back to wanting to please my Dad.  He was very good at setting the bar a little high as to stretch me and get me to do my best.  But he was also ever willing to tell me how proud he was of me when I hit the goal. And all the while I was motivated by his approval.  It served me well growing up.  However, it took me a long time and a few Freedom conferences to realize that God is proud of me, even if I fall short of the mark.

As someone motivated by approval and constantly trying to receive that acceptance, it took me a while to accept the fact that I don’t have to earn God’s approval.   We can’t be good enough to earn it or bad enough to loose it. The truth is He approves of us, warts and all. 

God doesn’t condemn us when I fall short. 

I think my earthly father was a great Daddy but he was human, like us all, he fell short of perfection.  But my Heavenly Father loves me despite any shortcomings.  He accepts me just as I am. 

What motivates you? What  influences you to do your best?  What makes you tick?  Regardless of your motivation there is peace in knowing that God is not mad at you.  He loves you. 

This week we will be learning from Delilah.   

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cindy16Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is eight years new to Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 37 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.

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