It is said the most common motivator why people do things or want to change their lives, and maybe the world in some aspects, is love. Because of their love for that something, it is enough motivation and driving factor for them to chase their dreams, pursuing their goals, do what they do. Some people believe if you love something that is enough reason to make you persevere during hardship, or when push comes to shove.
But this is not necessary for everybody. Sometimes it’s a matter of survival, necessity, urgency, contribution, and purpose, therefore love alone is not enough to complete the equation because of whatever reasons you may have; you just have to do what you have got to do.
Frederick Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” Now, that is a serious statement.
Why do you want to start your business, your ministry, pursuing your goals, go after your dreams, do what you do?
You need to know your why. Once you know the why, and the more strong or big your why is, the chance is you’ll bear almost any how to fight for it, or make sure you succeed, or get things done.
Why do you want to start your business for instance; are you looking for freedom, you just want to help people, give value, make a living, earn profit, change the world, live your dreams, all the above?
Why do you want to start your ministry for example; do you feel like God has called you to start a ministry or charity, it’s your purpose, or you just want to serve God and give back to the community?
People who have really big reasons ‘why’ are the ones who do exceptionally well in business. People who have really strong and big reasons ‘why’ they need to stay in their marriages, are the ones who do their best to make them work because divorce is not an option for them. People who have really big reasons ‘why’ they must fight for the good cause usually end up succeeding.
Mark Twain said, “The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Another bold statement that shows it’s important to find and know your why.
Even though we are being told to operate in our zone of genius, doing what we are best at, we still need to know why we want, and must do something. It’s also possible to be passionate and skillful about something, and have gifts and talents, but still lack purpose.
Myself for instance; it could be that what I am doing right now is not God’s purpose for my life, even though for now I think it’s serves my now purpose. Perhaps it’s just a vehicle or transportation that is supposed to lead me to accomplish God’s purpose for my life. Therefore it’s possible to work on the areas of our talents, gifts, and skills, but still not do what we were destined, called, or created to do.
I truly believe God is a purposely God. Just take a look around you; everything you can possibly think that God has created it has a purpose. Our bodies for example; our hands have a purpose, our legs have a purpose, our ears, our mouths, that’s just a few examples of our body parts. If our bodies have purposes, then it means we also have purposes. God must have reasons why He created us.
There are general purposes which all of us humanity share. One example is found in the Bible in the book of Genesis chapter 1 verse 28, and it says, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” We were created to live, to love one another, to have eternal life, to love and honor God. In the book of John chapter 17 verse 3, Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” In the book of John chapter 10 verse 10, reading from New Living Translation, Jesus said, “The thief’s (God’s enemy) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
The Bible has several scriptures and passages to instruct us about God’s purpose for us. If you read the Bible you will also notice God has chosen and called so many people to accomplish specifically purposes. This brings me to conclusion that God has individual purposes for all of us apart from the few general ones that I have mentioned above as examples.
Unless the Holy Spirit of God speaks to you about your specific purpose, ‘this is what you have been called to do,’ sometimes it’s difficult to look at something and say ‘this is it; this is my purpose.’ This is what you will be doing for the rest of your life, because you don’t know what God has in store for you. Just like life, finding out your purpose takes time, it’s a journey thing; you must let God guide your way.
Just like Mark Twain who said one of your best days is the day you find out your purpose here on planet earth. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to submit ourselves to God, our Creator; the One Who has a manual for our lives so that we can live a purposefully life.
Long ago I was in a place where I was searching for meaning, and I read this book called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl. In this book Victor Frankl shared his sad experiences and tragedies and some of his patients, of how you can find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose. I still have the book on my bookshelve, because I like it’s Title.
Finding your ‘why’ will make a huge difference in our lives whether it be about our businesses, ministries, our family lives, our individual purposes, or just life in general. Take it from Frederick Nietzsche, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
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