What is your Why ?

“What is your why?
Why did you even get out of the bed this morning?
Why did you eat what you ate?
Why did you wear what you wore?
Why did you come here? Other than the fact that I would fire you and hire someone else if you didn’t show up for work, but not that, the BIG why.
We’re certainly not here to just sell stuff. We are here to connect.
Life is about people.
Advertising is about illuminating how our products and services will improve people’s lives.
Now ~ how do we do that? Love… Time… Death

Now these three abstractions connect every single human being on earth. Everything that we covet. Everything that we fear not having. Everything that we ultimately end up buying is because at the end of the day…

We long for love… We wish we had more time… And we fear death

Love. Time. Death”

This is a speech given by Will Smiths Character in a film I recently watched, Collateral Beauty. It really struck a chord with me and has stuck in my mind since.

The idea of “What is our why?” is not new to this film, its probably inspired by motivational speakers such as Simon Sinek who speaks of “The Big Questions” and how they affect management. But I wasn’t pondering management, I was thinking of our church lives. Of course from a gospel perspective we speak of a different 3 questions .

Where did I come from? WHY am I here? Where am I going?

These are BIG questions that the gospel of Jesus Christ answers, but I wasn’t even thinking that deeply. I was thinking about the faces of individuals as I sit on the stand at various wards each week. If the eyes are windows on the soul, you can learn a lot when you look into them at a sacrament meeting !! I hope you don’t think it rude or blunt for me to suggest, sometimes I find myself looking at individuals and thinking of those opening lines..

“What is your why?
Why did you even get out of the bed this morning?
Why did you eat what you ate?
Why did you wear what you wore?
Why did you come here?

Not because they shouldn’t be there, but because they look like they don’t want to be. For whatever reason, being in sacrament meeting is not fulfilling them or achieving its purpose.

Sacrament Meetings are critical to our spiritual health

Sacrament is just 60 mins of 1,440 in a day or 10,080 in a week. So we get just 0.6% of a week in public religious worship.

In 2015 the Quorum of the 12 were assigned as part of October General Conference, to teach the importance of improving Sabbath day observance, both in the home and at Church. (Training materials here) Four years later in 2019 the Europe Area Presidency has asked European member’s to focus on just 3 things

Notice the central one is, INVITE A FRIEND TO SACRAMENT MEETING. There is wisdom in this, we can not compete with the world for many of the activities and thrills in life. There will always be a local restaurant that does better BBQs than you will get at church on a Saturday evening! But WE CAN provide something that can’t be found anywhere else… The peace and fulfillment that comes from being on the covenant path and renewing baptismal covenants weekly. I do worry that some members don’t look like they want to be at sacrament meeting themselves, let alone INVITE A FRIEND!

I believe the key is immersion, not just in a font but in our gospel lives in general. I speak to us all, including myself, as we can all change and improve. Consider the following…

  • Do you view the 0.6% of the week at sacrament, as crucial to your life?
  • Do you attend EVERY possible week that you can?
  • Do you take time to note the feelings you have listening to sacrament talks?
  • Do you sing hymns in sacrament, with the same passion and volume that you would sing team songs watching your favourite sports event?
  • If you use social media do you share gospel content such as feelings received at sacrament and other church meetings?
  • Do you merely attend sacrament, or go to Worship?
  • Do you think it is the speakers responsibility to give you a spiritual experience or yours?

Our spirits need sacrament meetings – just as much as our phones need chargers.

When we catch the vision of what we really get from immersing ourselves in worshiping at a sacrament meeting, we will be desperate to share it with others. The joy from living the gospel of Jesus Christ is and should be, infectious.

We discuss Doctrine and Covenants 11:21 in relation to study and scriptures, but perhaps it applies equally to experiences such as attending sacrament.

“Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.”

Surely we can’t share the excitement of participating in a sacrament meeting, if we are not routinely experiencing this excitement ourselves?

By now you have probably realised I’m not only speaking of our sacrament worship but of our duty to gather Israel. In these latter-days there are those in our circle of influence that the Lord describes as his elect. They are looking for the gospel but perhaps are nit even aware they are. We all know that someone who tries every hobby or activity, ever looking for fulfillment, but never finding it…

“For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it— ” D&C123:12

As I ponder “What is my Why?” I have concluded that I attend and I share because.

I Know it, I live it and I LOVE IT

I invite you now to consider what is your why and share with others…

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