“To infinity and beyond!” This motto was made famous but the fictitious character “Buzz Lightyear” from Disney’s “Toy Story” franchise. His overconfident ideas often did not live up to his triumphant motto. What about you? Do you have a motto or mantra for your life?
Arguably there is value to having a motto to your life or a series of leadership maxims that drive your decision making. In fact, I often repeat various principles in a moment to provide motivation and direction. While these are helpful, most of them are inward-focused and feed self-ambition and the power of human will.
Certainly determination, confidence, and drive are valuable, but how do they compare with the attitudes that God has challenged us to demonstrate? When we consider the “Beatitudes” of Mathew 5, we see that God challenges us to live upside down and counter to the culture. Where society often urges us to self-actualize and look within for strength, God calls us to brokenness, humility, and meekness.
Meekness in particular does not promote a passive and wimpy trait, yet encourages a spirit of submission to God as the One who is in control of our life. This power under control is a picture of a life that is listening to the Spirit for direction and leadership, rather than relying on one’s own strength and power.
In fact, a fitting motto for the believer would be “In me, nothing; in God, everything.” This motto can help you consistently rely on the Spirit in your pursuit of Christ. Every day won’t feel like a home run, but every day you can walk in the confidence of who Christ is in you.