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When You Are In It For The Wrong Reasons

Updated: Mar 12, 2019


Thought Life Daily Devotional is one of my dreams that I have achieved. It has been a long journey with many obstacles that had to be overcome. It started on December 31st 1999 when I walked into the Potter's House #Church in Bristol, bowed my knees and prayed a #prayer to become a #Christian. That was not my intention at the beginning of the evening and that was not the reason I went there.


What should you do when you realise that you are in something for the wrong reasons?


Do You Need To Re-examine Your Motives For What You Do?

We Don't Always Weigh Up The Pros And Cons

It would be wonderful if we would always take time to rationally weigh up the pros and cons of every decision and then choose to be involved, or abstain, for the right reasons. Unfortunately, life does not always work out that way.


Do you always make rational decisions?

There are times when we enter into situations for all the wrong reasons.


We enter into #relationships to satisfy our own need for some fun, intimacy or attention. We enter in for selfish reasons, convincing ourselves that no-one will get hurt.


We enter into further #education or a particular career path simply to satisfy someone else’s desire for our lives.


We make #choices based on what is expected rather than what is right, or right for us. Whatever the case may be, it is easy to enter into things for the wrong reasons.


Sometimes We Have Our Own Agenda


When I went to the church that first night, I was there for the wrong reasons. It was New Year’s eve 1999. I had spoken to the Pastor of the church, Peter Ajala, a few days earlier and he had invited me to the fellowship they had organised for that night.

I had no desire to be a Christian, I went to the church for one reason only; to get a #prayer for some kind of “blessing” over me for the coming year. I had already arranged to meet my girlfriend and friends just after midnight, to go to a big party. I walked into the church wearing a black suit, Fubu boots, and diamond earrings, ready for the party.


We sometimes have a hidden motive for our choices

Over the years I have met many people who initially came to church for the wrong reasons; for a #spouse, to make #money, to meet new people, for the cakes after the service, for sanitary products, for human company, for a place to live, for #work, for someone to talk to. Even to see if there was anything there that they could steal. Many of those people, myself included, had an unexpected encounter with #Jesus, and ended up staying.


Motivation Is Crucial To Success


If you are going to achieve your #dreams you need to be in it for the right reasons. If you are not in it for the right reasons, you may walk away for the wrong ones.


If your dream is only to make #money, become #famous, get recognition from people, or prove people wrong, then your reasons are wrong and your dream is too small.


You must have the right motivation to get the right results

You Can Get Into It For The Wrong Reasons But Stay For The Right Ones


Looking back on the night that I came to Christ I see a powerful #truth; it is possible to come for the wrong reasons, but to stay for the right ones. My initial motive for going to church was wrong, but I did get a revelation of why I needed to be there, and ended up becoming a true believer.


Looking at your own life, you may have ended up where you are for the wrong reasons, but you can evaluate the situation now and choose to stay and continue for the right reasons, to achieve the right things.


The way you ended up with that #child, in that #marriage, in that #career, in that church, in that #ministry may not have been ideal, but starting now you can make the right choices for the right reasons.

Perhaps for you the opposite is true, you have been staying in an #abusive or #destructive situation for all the wrong reasons. #Fear is never a good reason to remain in a situation that is wrong.

"Why Am I Doing This?"


One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Why am I doing this?”. When you honestly answer that question and make a #commitment to #change, you can come to the place where you are doing the right things for the right reasons.


Be honest about why you do what you do

Success is much more about who we are than we realise. The great thing about life and faith is that we can make fresh choices about who we are going to be moving forward. If you are going to fulfill your dreams it is essential that you get your life in alignment for success.


Be the right person.

In the right place.

Doing the right things.

With the right heart.

For the right reasons.

Employing the right plan.

With the right goals.



Helpful resources:

The Way Back - Getting your Christian life back on track

What does the bible says about making good decisions?




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