Author and speaker Simon Sinek has built a career around one simple question. He has done talks on this, has a webpage devoted to this, and has a best-selling book with this. The question is Why?
Not why did this happen, but why do you do what you do? Whilst we have an innate need to know what we or an organisation does, and even how something is done, the thing which drives the human spirit more than anything else is the why? To have a sense of purpose, cause or belief is what inspires us to action and it is what inspires those around us.
If you find yourself just surviving life, rather than really living, could it be that you have forgotten your why? Perhaps feel like you know what you are doing with your life, and even how you are living your life, but what about the cause or purpose?
As Sinek observes, the why inspires us. The why gives us a reason to get out of bed each day, a reason to push through hardship, or a goal to strive for. The apostle Paul, writing from gaol knew his purpose, and it allowed him to thrive no matter what life threw at him, and it caused him to live a life that was the inspiration for millions, even now, long after he lived and died.
In Philippians Paul wrote:
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me”
Paul’s life was about knowing God and making Him known. Nothing else mattered. It framed what he did and how he did it. His purpose or cause was so compelling that it transcended circumstances.
If you find yourself struggling with the why question, maybe explore the life purpose that directed Paul’s life. Answer your why, and start to live an inspired life.