Why do you do what you do? What’s your end goal? Have you ever thought about this? A lot of us get up everyday and go to work. Then we come home, do a few things, then go to sleep. We then get up in the morning and start the routine over and days go by. Weeks. Months. Years.
Maybe your work looks different.
For you it looks like getting up in the morning and getting breakfast for the kids, changing diapers, helping with homework, and cleaning up around the house.
The average person spends about 99,117 hours at work in their lifetime. That’s A LOT of time. It’s even more saturated for a stay-at-home mom or an entrepreneur. Something has to be driving that desire daily.
What is it for you? Is it money? Is it a sense of accomplishment? Is it being the best mom ever? Is it necessity? At the end of the day, the only question that I believe will really matter is, “What’s the point?”
Here’s how I look at it, If I am going to spend close to 99,117 hours or close to 51 years (some of us have significantly less time left in this scenario) at work, I better know why. If I don’t know what’s driving me, two things may happen:
I will keep working towards an unidentified goal and never reach it or I will become cynical and resentful of my circumstances.
I’ve seen this happen to creative entrepreneurs who get stuck in the “development” part of their business; to parents who overwork and under appreciate their kids; and to employees who stay stuck in a job they hate.
Look at what the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote as he reflected on his work:
“I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 ESV)
Life moves so fast that sometimes we can lose sight of why we do what we do.
Jesus left us with the Lord’s Supper as a reminder of the price He paid for our sins and the assurance of the new life we have in Him. For Christians, we are renewed daily by God’s grace at work in our lives through Jesus. We also need to have a practical reminder of why we do what we do.
I want to leave you with this challenge. Write it down.
Write down why you do what you do and place it somewhere where you can easily access it.
When times get rough in your work, your kids get out of control, or you have one of those days you ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Your answer will be right there to keep you pressing forward.