Doing to Get or Getting to Do?

What motivates you to work? Do you breathe deep in sweet satisfaction when the task is complete? Does sacrificial giving touch your soul? Do you taste the pleasure of a job well done? Does the sound of gratitude wash over your ears? Do you see results and relish the sight?

Whether for a paying employer, doing something around your home, or helping a stranger in the store, what prompts you to action?

In the current culture, too often, we’re conditioned to act only if something’s in it for me. But I’m not convinced it’s turning out very well for us. Our planet spins in a global spiral of entitlement and self-absorbed interests. Many people not only think, but proudly speak, “If I don’t get anything out of it, I’m not willing to do anything for you.” We’ve become experts at looking out for number one.

But selfish motives cause us to miss hidden rewards. And the value is priceless.

Statistics prove humans are experiencing higher degrees of depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders. Prescription medicines are on the rise. So what’s the root cause of all this discontent?

Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. “ By feeding our selfish desires, and ignoring the call of God, we unwittingly set ourselves up for misery. By failing to work as unto the Lord, we miss the hidden rewards only He can bestow.

Shifting our mindsets from Doing to Get versus Getting to Do, leads to deeper satisfaction, a feeling of purpose, and the invisible reward of a peaceful existence. Life consequences extend further than our time on earth, but we only get one shot at setting right motives before we leave.

What are you doing with your opportunities before you move to the great beyond?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

Getting to Do

We Get One Shot Before the Great Beyond

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website or email


3 responses to this post.

  1. Reminds me of a comment I heard, while studying in Spain a few years ago. The people of Spain would comment (in Spanish, of course), “Americans live to work, we work to live.”

    At the time, I agreed. I observed the people of Spain, I noticed that their motivating force behind their was to earned the income necessary to provide for their lifestyle. And many Americans pursued careers based on their interests and passions, and they had a hard time defining boundaries between work and the rest of their lives.

    Great thought for a blog post, Anita! I think I’ll join in the conversation on my blog! See you there?


  2. […] friend, Anita Agers-Brooks, wrote a post on her blog, FreshFaith @ Work asking the question, “What motivates you to […]


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