Do you know what motivates you? The motivational gifts are listed in Romans 12, verses 6-9. What is wonderful about this scripture is that it demonstrates God’s finger print on every life on the face of the earth. Here is how it reads in the Message Bible.
6 let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; 7 if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; 8 if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. 9 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
This scripture includes great advice for parents. Every person has different motivational gifts. Our motivation can be to lead/give guidance, teach/preach, to help, to guide/administrate, to give, to show mercy, or to encourage. What is so great is that you can see where your child fits, and then you understand them better. It also works with spouses, friends and your own siblings. When we know our motivation gift, we can relate to each other on a higher level. What a great parenting tip, that really works for a lifetime!