Why ask why?

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Proverbs 14:8

I first learned to ask WHY several months ago.  Last year we asked, as a staff, WHY does
COTHA exist.  After numerous hours and sometimes heated discussion, we landed on COTHA exists to be a biblically functioning church that violates the status quo with biblical truth and seeks to connect the disconnected to the COTHA Family. And from there we defined our Five Ministry Principles of Worship, Discipleship, Evangelism, Family and Leadership.  The beauty of the Five Ministry Principles is that they give us guidance to everything we do…our work is defined by our WHY. All that we do is measured back to our WHY.

That process has since created a paradigm shift in my thinking. Asking WHY has become a normal part of my life.  At least once a day and before any new project I am asking WHY do this project? I’ve gone through my daily/weekly/monthly tasks and have asked WHY is it needed?  I’ve culled and modified many of the things I do as a result.

Asking and defining WHY forces you to live purposefully.  And not just in the work world.

WHY do I exist?  WHY am I here?  That one is easy…we exist to Glorify God.
1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Peter 4:11

As Christians, knowing WHY we exist frames all of our WHATs and HOWs… We exist to Glorify God…

HOW will we accomplish that?
Are our lives aligned with Biblical truth?
Do we study and apply scripture to our home and work lives?
Do we love God with all our heart, mind and soul?
Are we crucified to self?

These are but a few questions and we will struggle with them all of our earthly lives but keeping our eye on the prize (WHY) – Glorifying God – keeps our actions and the way we do life pointed in the right direction.

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.