Jerry delivered the speech. Rice, one of the greatest Wide Receivers ever to play football, shared his emotions with the Canton Crowd. Getting into his psyche was a treat. The best part: HIs talk of motivation. It wasn’t winning. It wasn’t pride. It wasn’t love of the game. No Rice was motivated by fear of failure. Obviously this fear served Rice well as he put up great numbers. Sadly, it also robbed Rice of the joy of playing the game.
Fear of failure is a common motivation for Christians as well. They view God as out to get them. He is waiting on them to mess up. They do right in order not to anger Him. They live holy lives out of fear of failure. The result: A joyless Christian life.
The answer to this joyless existence is to allow the gospel to take center stage. The gospel reminds us that God is not out to get us. Instead God is for us. It reminds us it is not about our perfection, but about our faith in Him. This eliminates fear of failure and allows us to serve God out of gratitude. Gratitude for all that God has done for us. When we grasp that God died for us, then we do not fear being failures, but instead our hearts swell up with gratitude. This is the motivation we have to serve God. And this motivation allows us immense JOY!