Anybody that has ever played on a sports team will tell you that individual and team morale makes a difference. If there is negative energy surrounding the team or the team’s goal, it can have a negative impact on the team’s momentum or outcome. If there is a negative component or obstacle that the team is facing, the team will make every effort to find the problem and get rid of it because they know that in sports momentum is everything. They also understand that morale can, and sometimes will dictate their momentum.
Morale by definition is the emotional or mental condition of a person with respect to their cheerfulness, confidence, or zeal in the face of opposition, hardship, and trials. For the culture we currently live in, it is easy to see how morale dictates the outcome of many. Since morale is heavily based on emotions and feelings, it becomes more apparent as to why many people have no momentum in their endeavors.
For instance, those who are searching for new jobs, careers, or other future ventures must maintain good morale during the process. If their morale is low often times their momentum and sticktoitiveness is diminished as well. Those who are waiting on certain prayers to be answered by God must remain emotionally stable and consistently in prayer lest they lose momentum and grow discouraged. The Apostle Paul put it this way to the Corinthians, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:18).
There is no doubting that life has a way of impacting our morale and attempting to dictate our momentum. But, Paul’s words to the Corinthians are indicative of how necessary it is to keep our eyes on God and not on our situations. What we see can often be misleading and if we are not careful we will end up being led by our feelings and morale and ultimately losing our momentum. Fix your eyes on what is unseen (God) today and keep your morale positive and your positive morale will yield positive momentum.
How have you seen morale dictate momentum or the outcome of a situation in your life or in the lives of others?