Monday, February 11, 2008

What's your motivation?

[One Show Pencil (a big advertising award)]

[Cannes Lion (advertising and film award)]

[Oscar (you know what this is already)]


What's your motivation? For the last three months, my motivation has been the One Show Gold. I've been thinking about the college competition brief every single day since late October or early November. There has been other things that I have needed to do, but I pushed it to the side so I could figure out an idea that was good enough to win a One Show gold pencil.

When I was reading the Bible last week, I came across a couple of verses that spoke about Treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). And it read:

19   Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rush doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

One show pencils, cannes lions, grammys, oscars, mtv moonmen, and any other tangible awards can rot, break, disappear, or be stolen. So why do we stress so much after temporary awards?

God has blessed us with so many talents, skills and gifts; and we should understand that the awards that we've won, will win, and/or hope to win aren't demonstrations of what we've done; They're demonstrations of what God has done through us.

It's not bad for us to go after the things that we want; we just need to know why we're going after them, and what we plan on doing with it, once we get them. And most importantly, knowing that the things that we've accomplished, weren't accomplished on our own.

When we lean on our own understanding, and try to take ourselves up the proverbial ladder without God, we have to work extremely hard to keep ourselves up. However, when we allow God to be the start and the guide to our journey of going up, we don't have to worry so much about falling, because we have the support of God that will keep us up.

The Pastor at CCC (Christian Cultural Center) in Brooklyn said, we can find our purpose by not asking ourselves "why are we here?" but "who are we here for?"


Bilal said...

If pure amazement, astonishment and frankly awe were things to decribe the way a person does everything in their life, it would be your face kid. Everything you do WOWS me. Please hold on to your ways and don't let anyone "knock you offa your square" as i want to be there at the pinnacle of your success, which will remain infinite as will your presence on this Earth with your inexplicable ability to tap into all things tangible and intangible. J, you truly are awesome because the Lord wants it that way. ......B

Fallen Angel said...

Hi there. I chanced upon your blog as I was looking for a Cannes Lion image to put on my desktop. Then I looked at what you just wrote about awards and stuff. I totally agree with you. Not to be preachy or anything, but yes, God (or the Supreme Being) is the ultimate creative director and if you allow Him/Her to guide you, then nothing's impossible (as what that famous campaign says).