Get to know two things about a man. How he earns his money and how he spends it. You will then have the clue to his character. You will have a searchlight that shows up the inmost recesses of his soul. You know all you need to know about his standards, his motives, his driving desires, his real religion. ~Robert James McCracken, D.D.
Some people move with motive. Others move with purpose. I see this unfold on a daily basis.
You might see motive and purpose as the same, but I see them entirely differently. I see motive filled with “selfish” desire while I feel purpose is a “selfless” direction one takes. I think manipulation for a personal payoff is the means behind motive while purpose marches for the greater good of mankind.
I am skeptical of those who function with motive. They seem to have agendas. They always want to know what is in it for them. They plan strategies and carry them out with the goal of a reward. They are the focus of what they do. It is an ego thing.
Those who live with purpose seem to be following an inner calling, a knowing. They appear to be on a mission to help others while not expecting a payback. They are driven to do what they do from their hearts. It is often their destiny, not a stop on the journey. They carry out their duties with concern for others.
I used to think that desire and longing were the same. I now feel that desire is selfish while a longing comes from something much deeper. I think desire is more of wishful thinking while longing is an ache or craving that can not be relieved with material means. Maybe, motive stems with desire while purpose originates with a longing to fulfill providence.
I am not impressed with people who must brag incessantly about themselves. When they tell me how indispensable they are, I wonder if they are trying to convince me or themselves. I much prefer humbleness to superiority. I am of the school that actions speak louder than words. It is usually what remains untold that tells the tale.
I have always been a people watcher. I often wonder what makes them tick. I question why they choose to do and say the things they do. It’s often clear whether they operate from a place of love and compassion or anger and greed. I could be misinterpreting this entirely. I am voicing what I am watching in the world today. What is your operation of movement? What do you see and hear? Do you think there is a difference between motive and purpose? What about desire and longing? Am I reading too much into this? What are your thoughts?