I have recently made a conscious decision to grow in my relationship with God, and I have some questions about how we can know our motives are pure.
For example, I love love love to go on international mission trips. I am planning my second one. It feels great to help people and I love travelling and learning about other languages/cultures. But how can I KNOW that I'm truly doing it to please God and not because it makes me feel good about my OWN self to help others?
Ditto for wanting to be a doctor (which is what I am in school for.) YES, yes yes I want to help others and use my opportunities to mirror the acts of Christ as much as possible.. but how can I KNOW that my motives are not at least somewhat (if not VERY) self-serving? I pray regularly for God to help my motives to be truly pure to help me grow a sense of genuine altruism. Problem is, a lot of these things are somewhat self-serving as well. Does that make sense? Sometimes it seems that good works have a tendency to make us feel proud when of course we know the real credit belongs to Christ.