by Steve Jones

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Palm Sunday: Why the Gospel Inspires (1 of 2)
Series: Easter
Steve Jones
1 Corinthians 15

Introduction: On March 10th, 2011, the Lakers played the Heat in Miami and lost, 94 - 88. Two and a half hours later, as the clock lurched toward midnight, and as the clean-up crew stuffed popcorn boxes and wrappers into trash bags, Kobe Bryant was still on the Heat's gym floor, launching hundreds of jumpers at the basket. He had returned to the Heat's almost empty arena to go back to work. When asked about his motivation, Bryant responded with the words of Achilles: ''I want what all men want. I just want it more.''

What's YOUR motivation? In your work, family, school, and life - what is your motivation?

QUOTE: From ''The Genius In All Of Us'' by David Shenk, subtitled: ''Why everything you've been told about genetics, talent and IQ is wrong.''
''The single greatest lesson from past ultra-achievers is not how easily things came to them, but how irrepressible and resilient they were. You have to want it, want it so bad you will never give up, so bad that you are ready to sacrifice time, money, sleep, friendships, even your reputation. People may, probably will, come to think of you as odd. You will have to adopt a particular lifestyle of ambition, not just for a few weeks or months but for years and years and years. You have to want it so bad that you are not only ready to fail, but you actually WANT to experience failure: REVEL in it, LEARN from it. It's impossible to say for how long you will to do these things. You cannot know the results in advance. Uncommon achievement requires an uncommon level of personal motivation and massive amount of faith.''

Understand that Shenk is not necessarily RECOMMENDING that kind of a lifestyle. He's simply making the case that the Beethovens, Mozarts, Rembrandts, Einsteins, the Ben Hogans, the Ted Williams of the world, and their like, all shared a common fierce commitment and motivation.
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