Finding the Right “Why”

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I used to stop writing for long seasons for the wrong reasons. I allowed the devil to whisper into my ear, “no one wants to hear what you have to say.” And I believed him. So, I shut down and shut up. I didn’t brag on God; I didn’t try to help others; I assumed the fetal position and played victim.

Running on the Wrong “Why”

Ironically, even though he’s the father of lies, the devil’s probably right. People probably don’t care. But as a deceiver, he tricked me into putting my focus on the wrong thing — you, the audience. Oh, I do value what you think. I write to entertain and help you, but you can’t be the source of my joy. I’m stranded on empty too many days if you are my fuel.

The Divine Paradox of the Right “Why”

God gave me the gift of writing, so He must be my primary audience. He is my “why.” I use my gift to please, honor, and serve Him. This brings me joy and keeps me going when I’m not getting followers, subscribers, likes, and shares. But the divine paradox is this — I write to please God, but He wants me to use my gift to help you.

We have to get our “why” right. Why write? Why start a business? Why do anything?

You Are Unstoppable Armed with the Right “Why”

Tapping into your “why” makes you unstoppable. Your “why” wakes you with anticipation before your alarm sounds. Your “why” propels your legs forward when heavy with discouragement.

I’m not a proponent of Nietzsche, but he had the best quote on “why” I could find —

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.




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R. Dennis Brady

R. Dennis Brady

Husband, father, Toby’s friend, writer, fantasy football fanatic, beach lover, blessed child of God.