An Unexpected Source of Motivation

Landscapers sweat profusely in the summer, lifting plants, digging and managing tons of mulch.

Marriage counselors watch hate-filled couples go through agony day after day.

Defense lawyers argue on behalf of killers.

Have you wondered why some people do the jobs they do?  Have you ever thought, “How in the world does that person do that every day?  I could never!”

I’ve thought this many times, and until recently I didn’t have a good answer, other than to believe it’s just the job they ended up doing.

But after reading Craig Groeshel’s Weird, I have an entirely new perspective.

The ‘Burden’

For many people, they’re living their burden.

According to Groeshel, a person’s burden is, in essence, their calling or at least part of it.

Take my friend, Gina Parris, for example.  She’s a performance coach.  Knowing her, there’s no doubt in my heart her burden is seeing people struggle to reach their potential.  And she’s dedicating her life to help them reach it.

The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force’s burden is the protection and security of the U.S.  He’s dedicated his life to being one of the finest general officers in history, taking personal responsibility for the country’s well-being.

Another friend, Chris LoCurto, lives to teach and provide hope to those in financial distress and to entrepreneurs.  He’s honed his leadership and communication skills to be one of the best at what he does.  Inspire.  Coach.  Lead.

You may think you could never do what these people and others do daily.  And that’s a good thing because you probably wouldn’t be very good at it.

These jobs aren’t your burden.

What We Miss

We don’t see an opportunity to beautify a home or yard when we pass by.  Burdened landscapers do.

We don’t see hope when we see a married couple on the brink.  Burdened counselors do.

We don’t see the Constitution of the United States upheld when a lawyer makes a passionate argument on behalf of someone we think is guilty.  But burdened defense attorneys do.

We miss that people are living out what pains them while at the same time enriches them.

We just see people doing a job.

Doesn’t Have To Be Your Job

Of course not every employed person is working their burden.  I mean what could a plumber’s burden possibly be?!

But that doesn’t mean most of us aren’t living it.

Are you a plumber who is also a parent?

Do you spend countless hours every year volunteering somewhere?

Are you the person who stops to talk with the homeless?

Do you give?

Burdens come packaged in an infinite number of ways.  The next time you find yourself paining over a certain something, you may have just identified your own.

Question:  Do you have a burden?  Is it clear how it can be used as a source of motivation?


8 thoughts on “An Unexpected Source of Motivation

  1. Wow this is so beautifully said, and I’m honored to be named in the text! I couldn’t agree more with the idea of the burden fueling our work – even more than passion. It’s when we look at something going wrong and everything in us screams, “NOT ON MY WATCH!!!” -that we are probably are called and equipped to bring part of the solution. It’s why I even stepped into this UNcomfortable realm of taking all my peak performance knowledge to marriages and people’s intimate lives. ha!
    I love this post.

  2. That’s a great way to look at calling. God is the one that has led us through certain paths, and he is the one that has installed desires and burdens in our hearts. So it all makes sense.
    I had always phrased a calling in terms of a passion, but I really like the concept of a burden. That puts a different spin on it. People may be passionate about their hobbies, but they’re probably not burdened by them. That helps us separate a calling from just something that we’re interested in.

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