Defining My Why
Have you ever woken up one morning and started to wonder why?
Why am alive right now?
Why do I wake up in the morning?
Why do I go to work?
Why do I do the things I do?
Why do I believe the way I believe?
Why do I want the things I want?
Why am I where I am in life at this moment?
A few days ago I woke up and started asking myself those questions.
I believe the Lord was doing something in me that morning. He was bringing to the forefront what it really is that’s motivating me.
Asking myself those questions puts where I am in my life into perspective.
Am I where am I suppose to be?
Am I where I want to be?
Does my life actually have a purpose?
Does my core values align with the values of Heaven?
Am I pursuing my dreams?
Am I where I want to be with my relationship with the Lord?
Defining our why is important because it tells us where we need to go.
Our why is our road map.
But mediocrity comes when we forget our inner ‘WHY.’
Life becomes stagnant.
We go to work, we come home, we go to sleep and then wake up the next morning to do it all over again.
Our life has no trajectory.
Our life is going nowhere.
Without the why, life can feel purposeless.
We have no driving force. We’re stuck in futility.
But that’s not the end of my story.
And that’s not the end of your story.
Our ‘why’ can be defined.
Peter was able to walk on the water, not because Jesus said He can. He was able to walk on the water because he saw Jesus doing it and asked himself, “Why can’t I walk on the water too? If my master can do it, I’m sure I can do it too! I mean why not? If He really is my teacher, He will show me how.”
Most of us carry dreams and passions and desires yet find ourselves crippled because we think we’re inadequate or unskilled or untalented. Some of us even believe that the Lord is asking us stop and give up those dreams, passions and desires to focus more on Him. So we find ourselves purposeless, stuck, and innate.
But Jesus didn’t tell Peter he couldn’t walk on water because he had no power to do so nor was he unqualified.
Jesus just simply said, “Come.” He had the green light. He was given permission.
And what was impossible became possible at His word.
The ‘why’ reveals your belief, it defines your purpose and motivates your action.
Peter began to sink not because He lost faith in Jesus, he began to sink because he forgot what he believed in. When he saw the waves, He forgot his why. He forgot that he can walk on water because His master can walk on water.
So here I am asking what my whys are for this season I’m in right now:
Why not have an unoffendable heart?
Why not display the power of God?
Why not be the best leader I could be? For my future wife, for my siblings, for the next generation?
Why not impact the whole world?
Why not walk in Love everyday?
Why not have the best relationship ever?
Why not have a constant awareness of God’s presence?
Why not be prosperous?
See here’s what I feel the Lord is looking for. He is looking for a people who can see past the storms, past the waves and see Jesus walking above them and believe that they can walk above them like He can. He’s looking for a people that sees rightly and are able to ask Him, “Lord if it’s you tell me to come on the water?”
Perhaps the biggest question the Lord wanted me to define is:
I’ve been reading proverbs everyday now for three months, and the other day I noticed I had put a note on Proverbs 20:26, “A wise king is able to discern corruption and remove wickedness from his kingdom.” The note I wrote is, “This is not just about a physical kingdom but an inner kingdom.”
It’s about the kingdom that is inside of us. It’s about the kingdom inside of me!
What kind of kingdom is being built inside of me?
Before a king can ever conquer a city, he must first learn to conquer his own.
This is my why. This is why I’m doing BSSM.
My life is not meant to be lived for myself.
My freedom is for those beside me and before me.
But before I can take care of anyone, I must first take care of me.
I died to myself not for me, but for those around me.
I want to be able to say to my siblings, to my children, to my children’s children, to those that wish to follow me,
“Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”
At the end of my life, I want to be able to echo Psalms 102:18:
“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”
Let my life be lived for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.
I want the life of Christ to ever so possess me, to the very core of my being, to be so consumed by the presence of God.
What would it look like for a people to walk in the righteousness of God in Christ and never take it off?
What would it look like for a people to face difficulties and to walk out untouched?
What would it look like for a people to face persecution and respond with the fruit of the Spirit, every time?
I believe it’s possible. I believe we can walk in it every single moment of everyday.
I believe we can walk into any situation and see with the right perspective that every problem becomes a possibility and every obstacle becomes an opportunity.
I want to live my life that every decision, every action, every word that comes out of my mouth displays Jesus.
I want my life lived to cause hunger in others for the Lord.
I want my life be a testimony that Jesus has rose from the grave.
I want my life to manifest His goodness, His power, His character, His nature.
This is my why. This is why I’m alive.
My question to you is:
What’s your why?
What do you believe in?
What’s defining your purpose?
What’s motivating your action?
Why are you doing what you’re doing?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
I want to know your why.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.