A professor of mine, Bobby Clinton, listed nine motivating factors for ministry: • finishing well • the return of the Lord • one's giftedness • confidence in the power of the gospel • a burden to minister • the resurrection • handling God's Word for impact • the perspective of eternity, and • love for the Lord. My own most crucial motivating factors are not on the list. Near the top of my list would be, to put it very simply, God's faithfulness. OBSERVATION: What I personally see in Dr. Clinton's list is that God works in me, in my ministry. It is by and large an inward look, rather than outward. This would seem to be typically American.