Strength by Dr. Robert Gerwig

Photo adapted from original by Matthew Hull, Available at

Strength. Motivation. Energy. … Some days, it feels like I can go forever. Others, it’s difficult to get out from under the covers. On the “good” days, it’s easy to get things done. Tasks checked off. Projects completed. People called. Progress made. On the “not so good” days? Well, it’s harder to get things done. Harder to get tasks checked off. Harder to complete projects. And harder to return phone calls.

Fortunately, I don’t have many “bad” days, but I do have “some.” I’d like to pretend that I didn’t. I’d like to think I was “above” having bad days. I don’t really like to focus on them. In fact, my nature is to be an optimist. I look for the best in others and myself. I look for the best in the world around me.

When you look at the picture of the whale above, what do YOU see? I see STRENGTH, freedom, power. Some days, I feel like this. Other days, not so much. …The real question for me is, “on the not-so-good days, where do I draw my strength?” Where do you? … What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough? When you’re in the fire?

Many things motivate:

  1. Love for family
  2. Fame (attention)
  3. Money
  4. Things (cars, houses, jewelry, electronics, etc.)
  5. Access to something
  6. Travel
  7. Hobbies
  8. NOT failing at something
  9. Education (degrees, awards)

The list could go on and on (by no means is it exhaustive). The key is to know where YOU draw your strength (your motivation) in times of need. So you can renew your strength. So you can rest. So you can keep going, one step at a time.

Some argue that FEAR is the best motivator. I am certainly motivated by fear. It can be a strong motivator. But it is not the strongest motivator. What is? … I believe you already know. Love. Yes, as corny as it sounds, LOVE is the greatest motivator.

When the going gets tough, when the fire is the hottest, when I’m running on Empty, Love motivates me and gives me strength to keep going. Love of Jesus. Love of family. Love of friends. Love of country. Love of people.

Your particular source of strength may differ. You may have different “loves” than I do, yet your love of something is a stronger motivator than your fear of something. … FEAR will take you a LONG way. LOVE will take you ALL the way.

How do you deal with your “bad” days? Where do you draw your STRENGTH?

As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.

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