Finding Your Why

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I don’t know about you, but I can easily get very distracted. If there is a path to follow or a destination to reach, I will often set off very well. But, somewhere along the line, when the feelings of a fresh start and a new task wear off, my feet can begin to wander. Does this resemble anything you have ever experienced? 

An absolute classic example of this is either starting a new diet or joining a gym. The feeling or impulse to start are so overwhelming that you join that slimming club or pay your monthly gym fee with such glee. The thought of actually following through on these commitments doesn’t sway you at all!  

Then day 17 of your new gym/healthy eating regime comes and you’re actually a little bit tired and don’t fancy another salad. Before you know it, you’ve turned the car around and are heading home from your route to the gym – via McDonalds. 

I think it is human nature to mean well but lack enthusiasm once the ‘newness factor’ has worn off.   

Something I have come to find invaluable when beginning a new commitment – or even a new year – is to anchor myself in the why.

Something I have come to find invaluable when beginning a new commitment – or even a new year – is to anchor myself in the why.

For me, this looks like seeking God at the end of any given year and asking Him for a word or phrase. The aim of this word or phrase is to ground me in the new year, or even just the next season.   

This word or phrase reflects a deeper vision for what I want to accomplish at the other end of my new activity.

For example, rather than just joining a local gym, I will ask God for the ‘why’ behind it. He may come back with a word such as ‘discipline’.  

Or rather than simply joining a new slimming club, the ‘why behind it might be ‘healthy’. 

The effects of this word permeate the whole experience or year. They can even go beyond just the one commitment or decision. When I am lacking in motivation, I am rooted in the word I have discovered and remember why I chose to start this new practice in the first place.   

Now, finding a word or phrase is not always easy.   

On occasion I have had to dig deep and persevere in prayer. I listen closely as God begins to weave a picture of what I could be working towards in the season or year to come. Because the word represents a determined declaration, it can take some time to settle on one that will sustain you through your commitment.

The idea of a word for the year may be a little commonplace or too ‘fashionable’ for you. But I assure you, if you find yourself struggling to persevere through the year or a task, ask God ‘Why am I doing this? What is the greater vision?’ and listen as He reveals the root purpose in your activity.

My prayer is that the revelation that God brings gives you the staying power to remain on course and follow the path you have been called to.

If you are struggling to find your why for the purposes that God has called you to in this season or this year, please do not struggle alone. We have a prayer team who would be happy to stand with you as you discover your ‘why’ and are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 08:00 and 19:30. Please call us on 0800 432 0700 or even submit a prayer request here.
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