What is Your Why?
Everything that we consciously do as humans has a reason, whether it’s one that we think about or not. Either we have to do it, or we want to do it. Sometimes we lose sight of why we are doing what we’re doing, and simply taking a few moments to think about our why can change our entire perception of our actions, of others, and of our lives.
I was born and raised in a hunting household, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My dad bought me my first bow when I turned three years old so I could go into the backyard and shoot beside him, even though it was a plastic bow that probably didn’t shoot more than five yards. By the time I was five, I was helping him track deer, and I fell in love with the sport. By eleven years old, I shot my first deer with a bow, and now here we are nine years later and I’m as in love with it as I’ve ever been. There’s something about the emotional roller coaster it puts you on, the hard work throughout the year, and the countless memories that flood your mind every time you sit in a certain stand. My why for bowhunting is my endless passion and love for it. The animals, the emotions, the memories, everything. It’s something that every archery hunter knows in his or her heart, but can’t quite put into words.
Just like hunting, our walk in life, more specifically our following of Christ, should have a why. Until we figure out what that is, we probably won’t be anything more than an average Christian. Are you following the Lord because you should? Because your parents told you to? Or is it because you want to seek out a personal relationship with Him? Revelation 3:16 says, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” You see, God doesn’t want us to follow Him because we’re supposed to. In fact He despises it. As Christians walking through life, we need to figure out what our motivation is for following the Lord, and set our hearts on fire. Once we can do this, just like archery hunting, it will make the journey so much more enjoyable. It will be something that we’re hooked on, something that we never want to give up. I believe that is why God gave us the choice to follow Him, because He wants us to make the conscious decision to turn our hearts over, and lead a life of love through Him.