Why Do We Do What We Do?



Do you ever think about why you do what you do? I was listening to “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer the other day (HIGHLY recommend) and he shared a quote from Tim Keller… I can’t remember exactly what he said (all the more reason for you to check out the book πŸ™‚ but it was something about people who meditate being really cool people with examined lives and an understanding of their own motives.

So, me being me… I started to examine my entire to do list, my calendar and my day. I was able to break my “why” into 6 main categories for why I do things I eventually regret and 9 main categories of why I do things that I believe are worthwhile.

Your list will likely look different, but I’ll share mine as a guide. If you take time to consider the reasons you do what you do and find it helpful, like I did, feel free to share your experience in the comments.

Main reasons I do things I eventually regret…

  • C – Control Attempt
  • F – Fear
  • I – Impatience
  • L – Laziness
  • P – Pride
  • S – Selfishness

Main reasons I do things I believe are worthwhile in the long run…

  • B – Biblical
  • C – Convenient
  • E – Enjoy it
  • F – Family likes it
  • H – Health
  • L – Loving
  • M – Marriage growth
  • P – Personal growth
  • R – Resourceful
  • S – Safety

Full disclosure, some of the lower list items (Namely C, E, and F) occasionally end up in the other category. Complex, I know, but totally gets me thinking.

Whatever you discover, taking time to examine your life will likely end up on the worthwhile list.

Published by HereToHelp

I want to help people. I'm here, I'm listening and I hope I can make a difference. I am eternally grateful for the people in my life who have always been willing to listen, pray for me and give guidance. I hope to pay it forward.

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