A clearly defined why encourages you to honestly “lay aside every weight” in your life. (see Heb. 12:1)

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3 REASONS YOU NEED A WHY – NOW!

“Vision is the upward look toward heaven. Passion is the inward hunger and compassion of the soul. Action is the outward liberation of both vision & passion in Holy Spirit power.” – Alan Redpath

3 REASONS YOU NEED A WHY – NOW!

How will you be remembered? How do you want to be remembered. One day, if natural law has its way, you will be placed in a box of some sort in front of a crowd of people. Someone will stand over you and make remarks based upon how you lived and the decisions you made. In that moment, you will have no influence over what is said or what people think.

Discover your why!

Being a pastor, I’ve preached my share of funerals. I’ve conducted services for the elderly all the way down to tiny infants. From those who were expecting to pass away to those who met with some unexpected tragedy.  All of them have one thing in common: there’s no input that day from the casket.

So, with that stark reality resting freshly upon your mind, what is your WHY? Why do you do what you do – good or bad? Have you ever even considered your why?

If we were standing over your casket today, what would we say about who you were? What you lived for or cared about? How would the people closest to you describe you? Did you live passionately for something intentional and eternal?

Why is possibly your greatest life question! It basically governs every decision and direction of your life. To determine what you’re doing with your life, you must first discover and define your why – but how?

BEGIN WITH THE END!

How many times has life “just happened” to you? Take a hard look at what you want the end to look like. Look at all that God’s Word promises and move toward God’s vision for your future. Stop letting things happen to you and start making things happen – Jesus did!

I know we can not control every aspect of life, but we also do not have to be a victim to everything in life either. I do not believe in luck; luck is for those who let stuff happen. Decide where you want to be, where you want to go, and what you want to accomplish.

3 REASONS YOU NEED A WHY – NOW!

 1. WHY ESTABLISHES DESTINATION – WHERE YOU WANT TO GO

It establishes where you need to go. It keeps you from running through life hoping to accidentally end up at a desirable location.

 2. WHY ELIMINATES DISTRACTIONS – WHAT CANNOT GO WITH YOU

This is about priorities. A clearly defined why encourages you to honestly “lay aside every weight” in your life. (Heb. 12:1) The truth is, some things, and even some people, can’t go with you. Some won’t go with you. It’s time to decide whether you want to live for your why or someone else’s.

 3. WHY ENCOURAGES DILIGENCE – HOW TO GET THERE

This deals with endurance and perseverance. If your why is a compelling one you will find the tenacity to push forward. People give up when they no longer have a sufficient why. 

So what is your why? Have you defined it? What’s keeping you from taking a hard look at your life and future? The Bible describes life as a vapor – here for a little while and gone the next. You have one life – DO SOMETHING THAT COUNTS!

Leave me you thoughts in the comments section below. I would love to know your why!

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 3:17–21 (KJV 1900) emphasis mine

It’s Not Your Heaven!

“All roads lead to Rome.” I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase at some point in your life. You might have even used it yourself to describe different methods of reaching a desired goal. It’s a phrase that originated during the Roman Empire to describe the layout of travel in those days. All major roads branched out from the capital city.

Photo I took while in Bangkok, Thailand

Photo I took while in Bangkok, Thailand – and yes, all the taxis were pink

This may have been a great description of Rome, but it doesn’t apply to Heaven! I’ve often heard people use this phrase and attempt to apply it to the afterlife. Statements like, “all roads lead to Heaven” or “we’re all serving the same god.” In actuality, this idea could not be farther from the truth. All roads are not the same and neither are the methods of transportation. (such as the pic above)

5 Reasons Your Brokenness Might Be Your Greatest Blessing! Part 5

How vulnerable are you? If you’re like most of us, you fight against it, but why? Well, probably because you hate the idea of being taken advantage of. Maybe you’ve been mistreated in the past and feel it necessary to keep a barrier in place. What if I told you that you must be vulnerable?

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My recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand. In the lobby of the beautiful Pathumwan Princess Hotel. She was transforming ordinary pieces of fruit into incredible art!

In the previous 4 articles we’ve covered some of the reasons brokenness is important. Let’s quickly recap: 5 REASONS YOUR BROKENNESS MIGHT BE YOUR GREATEST BLESSING:

#1 BROKENNESS IS VALUABLE TO GOD!

#2 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S GIFT!

#3 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S WAY OF MULTIPLYING!

#4 BROKENNESS POSITIONS US FOR PROMOTION

#5 BROKENNESS MAKES US VULNERABLE TO GOD

An Unexpected Blessing

I know you may be saying, “but isn’t vulnerability a bad thing?” To someone who has abused or betrayed you, yes, but not to God. He hasn’t mistreated you even if you are inclined to think so.

5 Reasons Your Brokenness Might Be Your Greatest Blessing! Part 4

Brokenness positions us for promotion. It’s God’s way of moving us from where we are to where He needs us to be.

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My Bangladesh Trip 2013 – That’s me on the right!

It may seem simple, but when something is broken it gets moved. Think of how long a trinket or a picture stays in the same place; until it gets broken. It may have occupied that spot for decades but now it has to go. You either fix it or discard it but the fact remains – it gets moved.

Isn’t your life the same way? As long as things remain the same, so do you. Brokenness, on the other hand, positions us for promotion.

#4 BROKENNESS POSITIONS US FOR PROMOTION

We do unusual things when we feel desperate. Struggles, trials, and problems move us from our comfort zones. Take a look at the woman worshipping at Jesus’ feet.

 Mark 14:3 (KJV 1900)

3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

Many of life’s failures were made by those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

– Thomas Edison

5 Reasons Your Brokenness Might Be Your Greatest Blessing! Part 3

Most everything about serving God is completely backwards from our way of thinking. His ways are not our ways. We fight and struggle to accumulate and store up for ourselves when God’s way is “give and it shall be given.”

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Image from my trip to Bangladesh (2013)

 

In part 1, we looked at how brokenness is valuable to God.  Click here to read: #1 BROKENNESS IS VALUABLE TO GOD!

In part 2, we found out how brokenness is even God’s gift to us. Click here to read: #2 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S GIFT!

 

#3 BROKENNESS IS GOD’S WAY OF MULTIPLYING!

Matthew 14:19–21 (KJV 1900)

19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

In this encounter Jesus breaks all the rules of logic. The disciples want to send the crowd away to go find something to eat. Jesus tells them to feed them but with what?! His disciples point out they only have five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus simply commands them to entrust what they have to Him!

Feeling Unusable Today?

Feel weak or powerless today? You’re a perfect candidate for God! See what He can do with and through you today!
“My grace is sufficient…my strength is made perfect in in weakness.”
– Jesus (2Corinthians 12:9)