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.
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?
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!