Why do we do what we do?
Where’s that idea coming from?
What’s the history or initiating factor behind this way of thought?
All in good humor, I’ve been accused of being very analytical, which is funny to me because I haven’t always been this way.
I’ve been warned against the ‘paralysis of analysis’ and I understand the concerns behind the warning. If analysis leads us to inaction or exaggerated hesitation, then we must remember this is the leading cause of road kill!
However, if our analysis inspires us to take action, especially bold, out of the norm action, maybe we’re using our God given intelligence for His glory.
Our Father weighed the sand and sea in His hands. He then measured the universe with the same hand. God looked down the corridor of time and saw mankind’s decisions, yet He still choose to create us and to save us. This analysis-based decision shows that God believed we were worth the trouble and that His love would overcome.
I remember hearing that over 50% of pastors in our churches failed a biblical worldview test. That statistic shocked me!
It is not a good sign when pastors, who are charged with the responsibility of helping us answer our whys, could not tie their answers to anything greater than popular opinion and reason.
As a pastor, when I’m asking myself why, I must have a solid foundation upon which to build my answer.
For those of us who follow Jesus, this foundation is His word and His finished work of salvation.
Asking ‘why’ questions must lead us closer to Him and deeper into committed action rather than to a ‘deer in the headlights’ head-on collision with societal norms.
Remember: today’s norm is broke, divorced, depressed, rebellious, and fearful.
This is considered our norm principally because we’ve forgotten to ask, “Why?”
Let’s challenge ourselves by asking, “Why?”
Why are we married? Or not married?
Why do we educate our children? Or ourselves?
Why am I committed to this career?
Why this church? Why these friends?
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