Why are you alive? What drives you? How do you fill your life to the full? How do you get yourself up when you are down?
We have all entertained these questions of purpose, meaning and motive.
I have discovered that to zoom in and master my priorities, I must first zoom out and grasp the big picture.
This concept is not new. Victor Frankl, Rick Warren, Kris Vallotton, Melinda Gates, Simon Sinet, Ken Costa and Steven Furtick have each asked and answered this question. Yet, why is it that we struggle with why? How do we answer the question in a way that leads to an inspired and sustainable lifestyle?
On a surface level, the daily bombardment of data compounds the challenge to live a life of why. We live in a world of ever increasing, ADD-type access to everything, especially information. According to Vcloudnews.com, “Every day we create 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 (2.5 quintillion bytes of data) – 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years.” Obviously, Google hit a homerun with their why – to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
The explosion of information and even knowledge does not equate to the fulfillment of wisdom.
Within the context of this blog, we can go deeper. Perhaps the why is preceded by whom. Who is my God? Am I truly made in His image? How do we communicate? Am I truly in love with Him or the knowledge of Him? What is my assignment?
MyWhy can be best summed up in a single bible verse. To provide perspective here, Jesus is at the end of His three-year assignment to redeem humanity back to God the Father. With profound gravitas, as He stands at the threshold of the cross, glorifying the Father and releasing the Holy Spirit, He nets it all out with the bottom line –
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. John 17:3-4 NIV
That’s it. My Why – answered – period. All I need to know. Rhema, with a capital R. Relationship, then results. This is my reset, my vision, and my life plan. Eternity actually is hardwired into my heart and above all, I guard my heart. Love is a holy verb spelled out in the pragmatic application of faith. Ultimately, it is not about what I look like, have, or do – it is about knowing Him and completing my assignment via complete life victory.
By the way, the first part of this assignment is to master the internal dashboard of love, joy, peace, perseverance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Beautiful internal and external dashboard integration fuels my complete life victory.
The external dashboard is mastered via the spirit of complete life victory; I radically sanctify my spirit-soul-body while absolutely honoring my wife and children.
Concurrently, while embracing and overcoming the work-life balance myth, I max out the growth of customer delight, associate delight, and profit growth. While working in mainstream environments, I am entrusted to deliver a standard of excellence.
Stop the insanity of doing the same thing and wishing for change. Stop being codependent on the latest sermon, conference or blog (I’m talking to myself too). Hearing about it without changing to do it amounts to nothing.
This is a good word! Before you run to the next word, here is a novel concept – implement this one:
Freedom = Discipline
You want the high tower life? Count up the costs. We are conditioned to expect instant access to success (I fear that I treat my prayers like an internet search – if web pages do not load instantaneously I feel like throwing my laptop out the window and backing over it with my car.)
Optimized calling does not work this way – ask Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Leah, Joseph, John, Peter, Martha, Paul etc. MyWhy optimization is a lifetime of personal identity management; embracing and overcoming our pain while embracing the long-term change process. Maybe it is time to reset YOUR MyWhy, write down a plan and stick to it.
You want motive? If the following truth does not help you overcome limiting feelings and spring out of bed each day, then we need a spirit defibrillator for you. We each have a calendar invite that is truly irrevocable. We will have a life business review with Jesus. We will give an account. I do not know about you but I AM GOING FOR THE GOLD!
Time to grow up – we know God is a loving Father, we are His children and we have access to unlimited resources. What is the fourth leg of this table? Accountability. We are accountable to learn how to actively partner with Holy Spirit to fulfill a life of the highest why.
Blaise Pascal once said, “I would have written a shorter letter but I did not have the time.” So what about it? Why are we in such a hurry to live an incomplete why? I challenge you to write down your MyWhy and meditate on how to activate it every day. This practice will manifest greater harmony to rise above the struggles and see greatness. Once we truly see greatness, we can truly become greatness.
So, let’s b-r-e-a-t-h-e, take inventory, plan and take a step…. then another…. then another. I love the Sabbath because it was made for us to reset our MyWhy. In fact, the more we master ourselves on this day, the more we will experience everyday centeredness and advancement.
Experience provision sufficient or provision mind-blowing – it’s up to you.
You are empowered to complete the covenant promise of a loving God Who has your name engraved on the palms of His hands. He will redeem time. He will make it better than you ever imagined as we get up and take the first step now.
Spiritus Solutions delivers Transitional Leadership Services to prepare and implement growth strategies for select clientele. Their passion is transforming culture in business environments for complete individual and corporate victory. Most recently, Rick’s team built the North American business hub for a Silicon Valley startup. This startup attained $15.5M in annual revenue in 4 years. Previously, as a VP/GM for a Fortune 500 business, Rick led the 30 times growth of a customer membership community into a $2.4B global innovation.
Rick and Linda have been married for 23 years and are the parents of two children.