I haven’t figured out yet whether this website is a spoof or not, but all satire aside, take a second to check out ifeelunmotivated.com. Developed to assist people with their various New Year’s resolutions, or those just stuck in life, the website is a collection of the best-of-the-best in inspirational pop culture. Everything is here: movie pep-talks, Nike & Gatorade commercials, and heart-wrenching human interest pieces from local TV news broadcasts. All of which are designed to motivate you out of your stuck-ness and spur you on to a healthy successful life.

Some examples of what you’ll find on ifeelunmotivated.com:
  • Mel Gibson/William Wallace’s Braveheart “Freedom” Speech
  • The “Make a Man out of You” Training Montage from Disney’s Mulan
  • Dwight Schrute Quote: “Don’t be an Idiot”
  • TEDtalks, a series of inspirational/problem solving lectures
  • Quotes from Helen Keller, Muhammud Ali, & Aristotle
  • Bruce Lee’s exhortation to “empty your mind”
  • The extremely catchy Discovery Channel “Boom De Ya Da” commercial
  • And the obligatory Rosy the Riveter poster
It’s a site that’s fun to explore but tugs on my gospel loving heart strings. Is this the best we can do? I mean, let’s suppose that the gospel wasn’t true, and that the cross did not meet us in our inabilities and our desperation. Is this seriously it?

Check out the amount of guilt that is subconsciously at work on this site. Wheelchair basketball players dribbling multiple balls, extremely handicapped motivational speakers dancing to Ke$ha in their wheelchairs, and small, physically unimpressive guys playing football for Notre Dame leave us with the question, “If these guys can succeed at their wildest dreams, why can’t you?” “If the intellectually handicapped high-schooler can play for varsity basketball team, aren’t you a loser for not finding self-actualization!”

Well, of course, the gospel tells another story. The gospel is the unmerited acceptance of the unmotivated. The world says “be successful,” and the gospel says “Jesus was successful for you.” The world says “surely, if you try hard enough, you can do it,” and the gospel says “I certainly cannot do it, and don’t call me Shirley (RIP Leslie Nielsen!)” The gospel is the release from motivational speakers and simply trying harder- it is the respite for the tired and weak who have tried too hard for too long.


Though if you don’t believe me, there’s always ifeelunmotivated.com…

“Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord…”