“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32)
I love every New Year. Not just because New Years Day is my birthday, but because each new year is an opportunity for a new start, a fresh beginning. As we anticipate the start of 2017, if you are like me, you desire a positive, full of hope, 2017. I can tell you how to have that kind of year. The answer is just one word: Why?
If you have children you understand the question, “Why?” Mom, why does our house not have a fireplace?” “Daddy, why is the sky blue?” And when your children become teenagers the Why question becomes combative. “Why can’t I go to that party?” “Why can’t I have a new cell phone?”
Asking “Why?” isn’t a bad thing. Have you noticed that when we become adults we tend not to ask “Why?” as much?
Asking “”Why?” Works
And here is the reason. The “Why?” question always takes you to the real reason for your problems, challenges, and opportunities. Let me give you some examples.
- Why did my personal finances become such a mess this past year?
- Why does there seem to be some emotional distance between me and a family member?
- Why does my teenager not want to talk with me?
- Why did I put on extra, and unwanted, pounds this past year?
- Why does God seem far away to me?
- Why can’t I finish many of the projects I start?
- Why didn’t I see the opportunity that came my way recently?
- Why did I not save any money this past year?
Asking “Why?” Brings Many Benefits to Your Life.
- The Why question helps you grow as a person.
- The Why question makes you accountable for doing things differently and better.
- The Why question leads you to really live instead of just existing.
- The Why question will always get you to the root of a difficult problem.
- The Why question places you in a position to make better decisions.
- The Why question allows you to spend your money wisely.
- The Why question brings focus to your life.
- The Why question opens your thinking to options you have not thought about.
- They Why question places you on the path to learning some new things.
2017 and the Why? Question
As you embrace 2017, the new year, in what areas of your life do you need to be asking, “Why?” Choose one of the following questions, or one of your own choosing, as your Why question for 2017.
- Why did I have so many problems this past year?
- Why did I not read my Bible and pray as I should this past year?
- Why did I not exercise much this past year?
- Why did I not read more this past year?
- Why did I fail to take advantage of so many opportunities this past year?
- Why did I attend church so infrequently this past year?
- Why am I not feeling hopeful about 2017?
- Why am I not spending quality time with my children?
- Why is my marriage not satisfying?
- Why ____________________?
Jesus might have given us the best advice about a new year, and He didn’t even mention New Years Day. He said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32). Remember, when you ask “Why?” you always get to the root of the problem. That is when you quit making excuses, and you get down to business, and you find solutions. And the result? Freedom and Hope!