It’s after Christmas. Now what? It’s almost a new year. This a is chance to set or re-set our daily, weekly, and seasonal routines. It’s time to power through the post holiday hangover and get into the swing of things. Okay so most of us will treat New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a holiday. But what then? How about this, instead of looking ahead to what’s next, let’s look closer at “why” we do what we do.
in the Gospel of Luke we hear about a man named Simeon. Simeon tells us “why” Jesus came, and now that Simeon’s personal “why” has been fulfilled, he can rest in peace.
25 A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He was righteous and devout… 26 The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he wouldn’t die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 Led by the Spirit, he went into the temple area. Meanwhile, Jesus’ parents brought the child to the temple so that they could do what was customary under the Law. 28 Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said,
29 “Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word,
30 because my eyes have seen your salvation.
31 You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples.
32 It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and a glory for your people Israel.”
I challenge you to look into your “why” as you transition into 2015. Why do you do what you do? Your “why” is your most powerful motivator.
Prayer: Lord, as we celebrate your birth, and why you came. Help us to discover and rediscover our “why” in you. Amen.
The first person I heard speak on the “why” was John Nunes. Then I’ve seen quotes back to Mark Twain and other famous folks. Not sure where it started, but there’s a cool Ted Talk by Simon Sinek on it too. You can find that here: