Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you do what do you? Do you ever get up some mornings and think, "what's the point?"
If you're anything like me, you often find yourself repeating the same life activities over and over again. It's like the movie Groundhog Day - the same day keeps repeating itself over and over again.
Maybe you have a long and mundane work week, grinding out the hours to provide for your family. Maybe you have those standardized house chores, trying to keep your living environment clean and healthy. Maybe you don't have time or money for romantic dates or exotic vacations and feel discouraged "settling" for routine activities with your spouse.
Maybe even church and your commitment to ministry has become mundane and repetitive. Maybe people no longer feel like people; maybe they're only projects to accomplish. Maybe church feels like an annoying activity, not a worshipful priority.
There's so much more I could say about some of those examples - and some of the heart sins that lead to those feelings - but that's not my objective. Here's my objective: motivation.
If I'm honest, I find myself at risk of getting bored of my routine and losing motivation. Sure, there will be a few breaks in the monotony of your schedule, but sooner or later, you'll be back into the daily grind. So how do you keep going? Where can you find meaning and purpose?
You'll never be able to make sense out of this life - or find motivation and hope in the midst of it - unless you see the big picture. Through his Word, God invites you to zoom out and see the big picture and then zoom back in on your current life with motivation and hope.
Here are two vitally important details that you can learn by zooming out:
1. Not A Waste
There's more to life than this moment you're living in. Paul says, "If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:19). If your faith didn't have a future, and if your story didn't end with eternity, it would be a colossal waste of time.
What would the point be if there was no reward for righteousness? You would be better off indulging in whatever sinful pleasures you could get your hands on. But by zooming out, you know that your life has a direction. Your sanctification has purpose.
The Psalmist Asaph struggled with this: "All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence" (Psalm 73:13). He's asking God, "What's the point? The bad guys are reaping all the rewards and they have no regard for You!" But Asaph zooms out, remembers eternity, and his life makes sense once again.
You see, when your perspective on life is so zoomed in on your mundane routine, you have a tendency to forget the big picture. You'll lose motivation and hope because you think a godly life is a waste of time.
2. More To Come
Zooming out and focusing on eternity will also remind you that there's more to come. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Revelation 7: "He who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat...and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes" (Revelation 7:15-17).
You live in a broken world, no doubt about it. The brokenness will make life a struggle. But you can face what you're facing with hope - even if the pain is repetitive - because you know there's more to come.
You see, when your perspective on life is so zoomed in on your current struggles and pains, you have a tendency to forget the big picture. You'll lose motivation and hope because you think that your present suffering is all there is.
So how do you keep your soul motivated in the mundane? Remember these two things: your life right now is not a waste, and what will come is far better.
Keep the faith today because Tomorrow is promised!