Five Minute Friday — Motivate

We’re back for another year of free write known as Five Minute Friday.

I hope you make it a new year’s resolution to follow — and join us — in 2018. It’s really a fun way to see how your mind reacts to a one word prompt and converts them into letters, words and sentences in just five minutes (more or less). But more important, it’s the encouragement we give to and get from our fellow writers that makes this such a valuable exercise. We get to “know” each other, support each other, lift each other up, pray for each other. It may not be in real life … but it’s certainly in real heart. It’s not just a writing group. It’s a community.

As an example, to entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by Jodi. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

“I may not be the most consistent FMF writer, in fact I can go months without posting at times. It is always in the background for me. Whenever I am stuck in my writing and need a kick-start, I go back to it. The prompts get me thinking differently. The time limit isn’t overwhelming. I am working on the not editing as I go part! It is always a good boost that often gets me writing again in dry spells.”

Our leader, Kate Motaung, sums it this way. “If you haven’t participated before, this week is a great time to give it a try! All you have to do is free write for five minutes flat. Even if you decide to write in a journal and keep the words to yourself without sharing with anyone, it’s a great exercise to stretch those writing muscles.”

After posting, we link with our fellow writers at at Kate’s spot on Facebook at That’s the fun part!

This week’s prompt is MOTIVATE. The timer has been set, so it’s time to GO…

Motivate … Hmmm … What motivates me, not only to write but also in life?

Fortune and fame? No. It would be nice to make some jangle or have a name, but I can’t say it’s my motivation.

Proselytize or politics? No. That’s not me. I would love to help lead others to the Lord, but it’s not my job to save souls. I might be a conduit for them, but individuals have to make that decision on their own. I can support and I can offer words of encouragement, but I can only bring them to the water. It’s up to individuals to drink.

Politics? Really? Who needs another “expert” in a world full of armchair quarterbacks. Let the politicians slide back under a rock on their own. They don’t need my help.

Teaching? No. I’m not a teacher, especially when it comes to Scripture. I have more than enough questions of my own to be pontificating to others about what’s black and what’s white. I recognize a lot of gray — and those … STOP

… answers are above my pay grade. That doesn’t mean I don’t know the basics — and I’m willing to do some research on biblical points. When I put pen to paper, I try to focus on our similarities, not our differences. I do share those thoughts, but it’s not my motivation.

So, what motivates me? That’s a tough one. I would say faith and family. By faith, I don’t mean rote words. I don’t mean the pat answer. I mean living in faith, failing in faith, being redeemed by faith. If I don’t walk the walk, no one is going to care how I talk the talk.

Family, too, motivates me. I would do anything I can for my family, always have, expect I always will. That doesn’t mean I agree with their actions all the time {that’s a two-way street, by the way}, but I hope they know I love them unconditionally. My Faith Partner taught me that.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. — Ray Kroc

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