Sunday, March 21, 2021

Do You Need a Crocodile to Motivate You?

According to a news story out of Australia’s Northern Territory, a swimming coach has an unusual way of motivating his students to swim faster. After the swimmer dives into the pool, the coach throws in a live crocodile. The swimmers’ times have improved dramatically since he started using this new motivational technique.

The coach says he has timed the crocodile and gives the students a head start, knowing it won’t catch anyone. One swimmer said the coach’s way of motivating was “absolutely terrifying.” But no one can deny that the swimmers’ times have improved.


Well, that’s one way to motivate. I’m sure the swimmers can stay motivated as long as a crocodile is chasing them. That will work until you run out of crocodiles—or run out of swimmers.

Intimidation is external motivation, like sending a crocodile after swimmers. It’s not an enjoyable experience. It’s like saying, “The beatings will continue until morale improves.” Inspiration, on the other hand, is internal motivation. Instead of sending a crocodile after us, God motivates us by increasing the desire in our hearts.

Nothing is more motivating than compassion. Jesus was “moved with compassion” to heal a leper (Mark 1:41). He was “moved with compassion” to feed the multitude (Mark 9:34-43). The Lord inspires us through our desires because “where there’s no will, there’s no way.”

Philippians 2:13 says, God “is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” That’s much more effective, and more enjoyable, than being chased by a crocodile. Ask God to motivate your heart to do His will. That’s one prayer He loves to answer.
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