By Richard Gazowsky
If you’ve ever had the chance to meet and be with a successful, highly influential, world changing person, for any amount of time, one of my first questions is: What is their terminal motivator, that engine that drives them to success?
The first time I ever realized there actually was an internal motivator inside all of us was when I was in my early 30’s. It was at this period in my life that I began to meet very powerful leaders in society, and I realized that they were not all looking for God’s perfect will ~ but had other motivators such as money, powerful positions, accolades, and some things too ugly to mention.
To be honest with you, because my communication with God was not at its best I pretty much took on many of the aspects of motivation that I saw in other leaders. That led me on a disastrous 25-year journey full of mistakes, problems, and catastrophes ~ every one of them caused by my wrongly placed internal motivator. Let me make it clear that the side effects of success are wonderful, and every one of us that wish to be effective in our lives desire these added benefits such as quality of life, recognition, luxury, and to be remembered for what we have accomplished. All of these things I believe are good, but they can never take the place of the internal motivator. That internal motivator must be something that drives you inrainy days, sunny days, disastrous days, and the ending days.
Through a series of disastrous events in my life (that I believe were orchestrated by, or at least overseen by the will of God) I began to gradually realize that performing the perfect will of God each day has given me every one of the emotional side effects I desired.
I have come now to the point where I actually experience each day as a perfect day. And the most incredible part of all this is that in the fulfillment I also experience the added benefits of wealth and luxury. And this happens even if I don’t have the external physical things that one normally associates with luxury and pleasure. In other words, I could find myself at the very point of poverty, with complete lack of resources, yet still feel I am the richest man in the world!
The only way I can describe this phenomenon correctly is that it’s like being the son of a powerful king in the world. You realize that you may not physically have the money or the power in your pocket, but your father has access to it every day and all you need is his perfect will and it will happen. I mean, anything can happen! So from now on, let’s make a pledge to live in His “perfect will” and enjoy a life of luxury in the hands of the Father.
Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus.
He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”