Updated: May 30
So I was going on my usual run the other day and I was suddenly reminded of the importance of knowing our why. Now, I've wanted to write on this topic for a while, but I didn't really have the words to write. But as I was running down the road I started to ask myself, what is my why when it comes to my health and fitness. I have been running for many years and the truth is that knowing my why is one of the things that has kept me going through the years, even during moments when I wanted to give up.
Knowing your why.
Knowing your why is so important and I believe that in the times that we are now, it has become even more important. The last few years have been very interesting if we can call it that. People have started things, people have ended things. Some people have discovered their why while others have forgotten it. I want to come here today to encourage anyone who may have forgotten their why, or to even inspire someone who may think that they don't have a strong enough why.
The starting point for me was first understanding my why for living. When I was able to understanding to a certain extent why I am here on this earth, it helped me to discover my why in all of the different areas currently in my life. As we are drawing to the end of the year (thank you Jesus!), I think this is such a perfect time for us to remind ourselves of our why or to seek God for some clarity.
When you know your why, everything else will begin to align. It will shape your decisions, it will shape your friendships, it will shape your actions and even shape how you move around on a day-to-day basis. You will no longer go about life aimlessly, or just coasting your way through. Living life on auto-pilot will be a thing of the past. Your why may be connected to your children, it may be connected to your family, it may even be connected to your desire to make a difference in this world, or to leave a long-lasting legacy for your generations to come. Our why is not something that we discover and then just put to the side. It is something that we constantly remind ourselves of and assess every now and again to make sure we are still on the right track.
Our why is also something that you don't just wake up one morning and decide. For those who may be believers, we are blessed to have a few guidelines in scriptures which gives us a foundation of our why. First and foremost, our first "why" as believers is that we are called to make disciples of Jesus and to spread the good news of the gospel. Essentially, we are ambassadors on assignment, walking out whatever it may be that God has called us to for the advancement of His kingdom. One scripture that I absolutely love is Matthew 5:16 which says, "let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." One thing that we know for sure is that there are some good works that have already been prepared for us to walk in even before we were born (Ephesians 2:10). Sounds exciting right? These are things that we will do that will bless others and things that we will do or experience that will bring glory to God. Your being here on earth is not a mistake, we all have a why. Is that a good enough reason to keep going? I believe so. Knowing that I have a purpose on this earth has definitely gotten me through some difficult times in life, and knowing that I do not live for myself alone has also helped. Remember, you have a why!
My why for this blog is understanding that I am a light in this world and that me being a light through this blog can bring glory to God, as well as help and encourage others. It's also a place that helps me to grow and keeps me accountable to my growth. In relation to this blog, that's my why! And it has definitely kept me going over the years during this period I would label "small beginnings". The truth is that many people give up in their small beginnings, and it is very easy to do so. There is a saying that goes, "Rome is not built in a day". Anything that will last takes time to build, but when we have a why for whatever we are doing, whether that is ministry, marriage, raising children or running a business, when the hard times come or the times of uncertainty comes, our why (and the help of the Lord) gives us the strength to keep going.
Your why needs to be strong enough. It cannot be selfish, it cannot be purely self-motivated. Or when times that you want to give up arise, and when discouragement knocks on the door, it will be very easy to open the door and give up.
So take a moment to just think to yourself, what is my why and is it strong enough?
Pray about it, journal about it, seek God about it and don't be afraid to open your bible to see what God has to say about it: why He decided to create us and put us on this earth.
As you go into and through the year 2022, I pray that you will know your why and that when moments of discouragement, struggles or battles try to come your way, your why will be strong enough for you to push through in Jesus Name.
Wishing you guys a blessed and fruitful rest of the year.
Peace & Blessings