What Are You After?

Do you know that everything you do…literally everything…has a reason behind it?

Think about it: Every single thing you choose to do has a reason–a ‘Why’.

Everything from eating your breakfast, brushing your teeth and getting dressed in morning (so that you can be ready to engage your day) to paying bills, putting gas in your car, literally everything you do has a point…a goal…a ‘Why’.

Most people live most of their lives without thinking about it…so they think that they are ‘wasting their time’ or ‘spinning their wheels’ doing what they’re doing. Therefore, they approach it with boredom, apathy, listlessness, and eventually, resignation or even in a depressed state.

After all, if there is no ‘goal’, no direction and no ‘purpose’–no ‘Why’–there is no hope.

But if we put our hope…our goal…our ‘why’ for everything we do in the Lord, then we do have hope…a hope that remains constant.

“In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust…

Show me your ways, Lord,

    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
    But whoever obeys the law is joyful.” (Psalm 25:1-5)

Each of us functions with a ‘why’.

The only real question is, ‘What is my Why’?

Why do you invest your time in the things you do?

Why do you have the crammed schedule that you do, or the chaos in life that you do? Why do you invest in the relationships that you do, or have the job that you do?

Believe it or not, you are accomplishing…or on your way to accomplishing…the real ‘goals’–the ‘Why’s’ you set for yourself.

Let me explain:

When I was a kid, I hated vegetables…of all kinds.

My dad, in an effort to help us stay at least a little bit healthy, would make us take 1 spoonful and put it on our plates at dinner. We’d have to finish that spoonful before we could leave the table.

The corn, I could take…and maybe cooked carrots (with lots of butter), but the broccoli? The PEAS? Seriously? UGH! I’d let those sit there and torment me all dinner! 

Eventually, I’d choke them down–cold, stiff and funky.

Later, as I grew, I realized that they were less bad when they were warm, so I learned to eat them first.

It wasn’t until much later–as an adult–that I started to understand the powerful nutrition in vegetables, and how good they are to fuel my body and mind. It was then–finally–that I started to enjoy them.


Because finally my ‘What’ of “obey or else” was replaced by a good ‘Why’ of good nutrition. 

For many of us, the ‘What’s’ that our lives are filled with–our job, our school, our responsibilities, etc. are lived out as if they are a trap…something we have no choice in. We don’t see the bigger picture–the Why.

What if we realized that every one of these things is a ‘means to an end’, and that the Lord is with us (IF we are believers in Jesus) and He has a purpose and a plan for each of these things?

How would it change our outlook and attitude if we finally realized that God is doing something in these circumstances–or that He wants to, and we simply need to join Him in His purposes. This, in turn not only gives these things meaning, but also direction. That direction, in turn, can give us energy, commitment and passion to follow through on these things–these ‘whats’–with renewed passion.

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.” (Romans 5:1-5)

The truth is that the Love of God, if applied, can change our attitude and opinion about everything we ‘have to do’ in life. When we start to realize that His purpose in our circumstances is for our good and for His glory…those circumstances take on new meaning.

My Hope…and yours…is in Him!

This enables our ‘Why’ to give life to our ‘What’s’.

…and that changes everything!

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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