Imagine a box.

This box can hold only one thing — the primary driving force of your life.

Who or what is in your box?

It’s vital that we’re honest with ourselves, as this driving force will influence every area of our lives.

If earning “x” amount of money, pursuing personal pleasure, or gaining approval of others lands in our box, it won’t take long for our time, energy, and focus to reflect as such.

For the Apostle Paul, the answer was clear:

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21

The love of Christ so compelled Paul that everything he did was driven by the desire to bring glory to God.

So, how does one live such a sold-out life? I don’t pretend to have the answer, but I want to have a teachable spirit and learn from Paul’s example.

Recently, the Lord posed a difficult, but necessary question: What’s driving your motivation to write? I opened my mouth to respond when His Spirit quickened, as if to say “not so fast.” Back to the box I went, asking God to search my heart (Ps. 139:23, 24). And search He did, revealing motivations I’d not considered nor wanted to own, but they were mine nonetheless. I didn’t leave the red club chair in my den that morning until the only name in my box read “JESUS”.

I found it no coincidence to receive notification the next day that a couple of ideas I’d submitted in November had been accepted by an organization I’d sought to write for since the beginning of my journey. My first paycheck will be minuscule, but the best part? There are no bylines — the ideas are published as part of a family summer calendar. God will receive all the glory as thousands of parents teach their children about Him through creative hands-on ideas offered by many writers, inspired by one God.

And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God…” 2 Corinthians 3:3