Posted by: Phoebe | July 29, 2008

My Motivational Material

In the last few days I have been struggling with practicing piano. As I was wondering how to motivate myself, I remembered that my piano teacher had once given me a motivational sheet to read to myself. It had phrases like, “I feel so strong and capable. The music will just pour out of me… and so on.” But I always feel uncomfortable trying encourage myself to do well by just telling myself “I can do it!” The truth is, I need so much more help than I can give myself. Only God can give me the power to practice well. Several Bible verses came to mind, and I decided to write my own “motivational” speech. Here it is:


I play for my Lord’s glory. I play through His power, not my own:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

— 1 Cor 10:31


“But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

— 2 Cor 12:9-10


I play for Jesus pleasure. My music makes Him glad. My playing will be a delight for eternity:


“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor

–Ps. 45:6-9a


“The Lord will save me,
and we will play my music on stringed instruments
all the days of our lives,
at the house of the Lord.”

— Isaiah 38:20

With God’s abounding grace, I am practicing with all the energy I can give and all the time I should give. This is not a burdensome duty; I am doing it cheerfully. This is a good work which pleases Him.


The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

— 2 Cor 9:6-8


Isn’t this amazing! I had never thought to directly connect my mundane work of practicing with the glory of God. I never thought that my music — my imperfect music — delights my Lord. And of course, I was thrilled to realize that God will give me stringed instruments (pianos!) in heaven for His praise. It’s pretty cool that my work right now is something that continues for eternity, not just something that is a part of this mundane world. And the verse about giving, which I had always thought of as referring to money, is made new to me when I realize that I can change my attitude to “give” myself cheerfully to my work, for God’s glory. Wow! God is so good!








  1. I too know the hilarious ineptness of worldly motivators (the best they ever had was ‘The Little Engine that Could’).

    Excellent job reinforcing your motivation with the truth by well integrating scripture. It was a good read. 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind me subscribing to your blog.

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