Sometimes we may lose sight of the motivations that should guide our living a Christ-like life. President Uchtdorf offered this reminder in the April general conference:
” there are better reasons for attending our meetings and living our lives as committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
I am here because I desire with all my heart to follow my Master, Jesus Christ. I yearn to do all that He asks of me in this great cause. I hunger to be edified by the Holy Spirit and hear the voice of God as He speaks through His ordained servants. I am here to become a better man, to be lifted by the inspiring examples of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to learn how to more effectively minister to those in need.
In short, I am here because I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.”
Love is the right motivation. Obligation may help us develop habits but it can’t sustain them. Sheer will power is also short lived. Only love has the sustaining power to keep us going through the good times and the bad.