Love: No greater or better motivator for what we do


John Maurice


By John Maurice

Saturday, August 4, 2018

“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)

What motivates you and helps you make decisions to navigate life, work, community and relationships? There are several things that can motivate people. Money, passion, fear, love, competition, power, hatred, revenge and recognition are just a few.

Since school will be beginning soon, think with me for a moment that you are driving your car past one of our elementary schools. In the school crossing zone, the lights are blinking indicating that children are nearby, perhaps about to cross the street. The speed limit drops from 35 mph to 15 mph. There is a police officer parked with a radar gun.

You have a choice to make as you drive your vehicle into that school zone. What do you do? Why do you do it?

I would hope that everyone reading this article would slow down and watch carefully for children crossing the street on their way to school. But why would you make that choice? You could make that choice out of fear that you would receive a speeding ticket and perhaps lose your license. You might slow down because the fine would be costly and you don’t have the money to pay it. But you might also slow down because you love children and realize how precious their lives and safety are. You might even have the thought of your child or grandchild cross your mind as you drive past the school.

We make many decisions every day and most likely never think deeply enough to consider our motivations. Our motivations give us insight into our hearts. Is there love in our hearts that motivates us to do the right and good thing?

In a 1957 sermon, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.” I might even add to Dr. King’s words, not only will we be able to make men better, we will become better ourselves.

Slow down! Love the children.

John W. Maurice is president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.