Monthly Prayer Topic

Motive

What are the reasons for the decisions we make? Why do we choose one course of action over another? One could point to motive, “that something that causes a person to act.” Mary Baker Eddy makes many statements about motive and its power. In Science and Health she says, “Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action.” (SH 454:19-21) She later says, “A wrong motive involves defeat.” (SH 446:18) These are graphic comparisons of the effect our motives have on what we do. It gives us strong impulsion to examine our motives and truly see whether they are selfish or unselfish. As we begin 2021, let us take to heart the Reading Room’s overarching prayer topic for the year, and consider our day to day motivation for doing good.