Are you driven?
Here’s the definition from dictionary.com:
“…being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel: a driven young man who was fiercely competitive.”
Compelled to succeed or excel.
There’s nothing wrong with success, nor with excellence. But success pursued merely for the sake of success, or excellence pursued for the sake of excellence, is a questionable motivation.
This question jumps up in my face periodically, because I’ve been described as being a “driven” person. Every time I think of it, I have to ask myself, what is it that motivates me?
As believers, we’re called to be motivated by love. Love for God, love for our neighbors. (If you feel like having a good philosophical, political debate this weekend, bring up the question ‘Who is our neighbor – personally and/or nationally?'”) We’re also called to be followers of Christ. Not driven by Christ.
But many of us live lives of Christian compulsion. We feel compelled to pray, compelled to attend service, compelled to read a chapter a day, compelled to ____________ . None of those things are bad or wrong, but being compelled to do them is no different than being compelled to be intimate with your spouse or compelled to feed and clothe your children. Those are actions that should stem from love, not from duty or obligation.
We can be driven by fear (of failure, of loss, of rejection) or driven by greed, or selfishness, or lust, or guilt.
What compels YOU to get up every morning and set your hand to the proverbial plow? What’s driving you?
Is the compulsion to succeed a Christ-like characteristic?