So often we focus more on the "how" without focusing on the "why". How do I get through my day with littles? How do I get the task done at work today? How do I stay in shape? How do I fit in volunteering? Etc. BUT it's knowing our "why" that gives us purpose and direction. Without meaning, it's difficult to stay motivated. Christy Wright in Business Boutique says, "Everything -- enjoyment, satisfaction, productivity, and even success -- increases exponentially when there's a sense of purpose behind what we are doing. Your "why" is what moves, drives, and energizes you."
Jesus said to the church in Ephesus, I know your works, your labor and your patience...nevertheless, you've lost your first love. You've forgotten your "why". Whereas, Paul remembered the church in 1 Thessalonians saying he remembered their work of faith, labor of love and their patience in hope...they remembered the "why" behind their actions. As Colossians 3:17 says, "Whatever you do in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Why am I so passionate about yoga as exercise when I could choose a myriad of other forms of exercise...and sometimes I do? But, I do yoga because, it's the only modality I've found where I can simultaneously work my body, process emotions, and experience a touch from Jesus. I come away feeling like I've not only cared for the temple God gave me but have been able to worship and release negative, trapped emotions that often take up residence in my body -- mostly my hips and shoulders. I come away knowing I've increased my ability to go out and do the work God's called me to do.
I want to encourage you today to consider your "why"...especially in the areas of your life where you are struggling to continue -- maybe it's a business you own or a job, maybe it's a marriage or another relationship, maybe it's raising kids, maybe it's volunteering. Whatever it is that seems out of balance...consider your purpose behind it to provide clarity for where you should take it in the future.
Why do you do yoga?
Why do you try to eat right?
Why do you want to be healthy?
Why do you have a relationship with Jesus?
Why do you go to church?
There's no "right" answer. It's just your reason, the reason that gives you purpose, keeps you moving towards the goal.