Why is probably the most important and insane question. Anyone who’s been around a 2-3 year old knows what I mean. They ask WHY to EVERYTHING. Every detective asks the why question (seeking the motive to a crime). Every reports researches the why to fully understand the story behind the story.
Why is perhaps one of the most important 3 letter word in the English language. It drives to reason, meaning and purpose behind decisions and actions. So the question is…
Why do you do what you do?
As a parent, I find myself asking this question often. Why did you do that? or Why are you doing that? Sometimes this question is with a puzzled and perplexed look on my face and sometimes this question is more of a teaching moment. When it comes to the first, it’s about trying to understand a train of thinking (or lack there of). When it come to the later, it’s about purpose behind the task. It’s that second question (seeking a purpose) that I wish to focus on today.
If someone is performing a task or duty without a valuable purpose, their quality of work is likely to suffer. But if the ‘why’ behind the work has value, they will elevate their performance of that task to the value of the why.
This shows up in every area of life. If a soldier is simply following orders, they may perform a task, and may even do well… but that’s it. However if that same soldier is sold out on what their work means to the lives of others (either their fellow soldiers or fellow citizens), their passion to do the job well is even stronger.
Paul tells us “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23-24) When we take every task and approach it as if it were directly for Christ himself, do you think we’ll take more pride in a job well done? Of course we will.
Instead of just doing a task, ask yourself how this task could glorify Him. Will your actions lead to someone coming to know Christ? Perhaps. Will someone observing your passion to the task think to ask you why you have such passion? Potentially. The point is not that we know how it all comes together. Just that we know it all works towards His glory.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecc 3:11)
We know God has a plan and purpose, even if we can’t see the whole story. Make everything you do count. Do everything as unto the Lord. Serve Him and He will be glorified.