“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:14-16
Why? Why do we wake up every morning and do what we do? Why do you wake up? What motivates you to live this life here on Earth? Why do you enjoy certain things? Why do you go to work? This answer will differ between each individual. As we go through this life good and bad things will happen to you. Your personal experiences will affect you long term and some tragedies may change you temporarily. These things will happen; we cannot avoid them even if we tried. Your culture will affect your "why". These are things that we really need to think about and process to finish our purpose here on Earth.
All of us grow up and are raised by adults. Whether these adults are our parents or guardians, they raise us. You are raised a certain way by their “Why.” Their “why” can possibly develop yours. So it is crucial to always know that everything you do affects the people, world, and energy around you.
Relate this to a fire. Some fires are huge, and some are small. Some fires burn for minutes, even seconds, while other fires burn for days. Why is this? There are many ways to build a fire. You can use different materials, different techniques, or different resources to build a fire. Now relate this to your life. Keep all possibilities open on how you can get to where you want to go!
What separates the best Linebacker in the NFL to one who is barely making the roster? Yes, athletic talent that we are blessed with has an impact on this. But it is because of their routine. It is because of their preparation. It is because of the good resources they are using in their lives that build them up to be great. You put good things in, and good things will come out. Relate this to a fire. Some fires are huge, and some are small. Some fires burn for minutes, even seconds, while other fires burn for days. Why is this? There are many ways to build a fire. You can use different materials, different techniques, or different resources to build a fire. Now relate this to your life.
So what are you doing with your fire? Your why in life? Are you adding wood or water? Are you using techniques or a routine that will help your fire burn long or short? Are you growing your purpose in life or are you bringing in things that will put out that fire in your life? A campfire doesn’t build itself, they are created. The human that built the fire used certain resources and techniques to create it. We need each other to help create fire in our lives. You need to assess if you have people that are fueling your fire, not putting it out to fit their life’s expectations, wants, and needs. Your “why” will make you feel full and authentically happy. When people draw close to your fire and it’s big they will feel the warmth as well. They will feel your good energy. Do things that will bring short and long term success. Your why should bring purpose today, and in ten years.
Why are you here now? Why are you alive? The good news is you have the choice to change your why if you feel it’s not authentic. In the end, you are the one who will manage the steps in between. When you were young you would go pick dandelions and give them to people because you thought they were beautiful. So what changed when you found out they were “weeds”? Don't let others change your why!
“Be the change you want to see in this world. Go do it!”
Build a routine! Success is found in the routine. When you wake up seek Jesus and thank him for waking you up. Read your bible, put on the armor of God. Drink water (get hydrated immediately)! Eat an awesome breakfast, have your coffee, and go kick some butt! Try these simple steps and let me know how you feel!
Reflection: Write down 10 things that fuel your fire. What makes you feel good and at peace? What could you not imagine having every day?