Let “Why?” Rule the Day

“All a person’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs motives. Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Proverbs 16:2, CSB

Researchers would say that you will make somewhere between 25,000-35,000 decisions today. Most of those will be compulsory, as a matter of habit. But some will require an intentional thought process. You will make decisions about your personal attire, your family, your career, and your food choices. Some decisions will be perfunctory. Some will be extremely important.

How will you go about making decisions today? When “all a person’s ways seem right to him,” how will you know if the decisions you make are right, or if they just seem right? The choice you make may even produce the appearance of success. “But the Lord weighs motives.” God will use a different scorecard today than most of us. He will not determine the success of our decisions by the external, perceivable results they produce. Rather, He will determine success based on the internal motivation of the heart from which they are born.

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You will be tempted, today, by the urgency of “What?” and “How?” But God’s Word would challenge you to let “Why?” rule the day.

Too often we start with “What?” or “How?” But an important shift happens when we start with “Why?” instead. If we approach the day looking to make tic marks on our own score cards the potential is to end the day with the appearance of success, while enjoying no lasting satisfaction. From personal experience, I would tell you there are not enough tic marks in the world to satisfy the “way that seems right.”

What if you focused on God’s score card, instead? Just for today, to start with “Why?” every time and let the “What?” and the “How?” come from overflow? If you start with the right commitment (“Commit your activities to the Lord”), then “your plans will be established.”

Right motivation produces the right plans. Right plans are accomplished by the right activities. Right activities that accomplish the right plans satisfy the right motivations.

“Right motivation produces the right plans. Right plans are accomplished by the right activities. Right activities that accomplish the right plans satisfy the right motivations.”

Start with “Why?” today. Make sure all of your plans and activities are steps in the direction of God’s ultimate glory in your life and through it. Commit it all to Him. Let “Why?” rule the day, and He’ll give you the “What?” and the “How?” in their appropriate time.

Here are five things that will happen when you let “Why?” rule the day:

  • You will stop yourself from perpetuating habitual activity that does not produce internal fulfillment.
  • You will end the day with a firmer grasp on the big picture.
  • You will filter out the good things that are distracting you from the great things.
  • You will increase productivity in the areas of your life and/or work that matter most to God.
  • You will begin to see how your life fits into God’s unfolding story – finding your satisfaction in a purpose that is bigger than you.

Try it for the day. I dare you. Start with “Why?” and let “What?” and “How?” flow from it in God’s time.

Let “Why?” rule the day.

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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