If you are around young children very long, chances are that you will hear this one word question more often than you would like. A child’s curiosity makes them want to know how things work and why things happen the way they do. Everything is questioned to the extent that many parents and teachers begin to dread hearing the word, “why?”, and they long for the day that it is no longer used with such frequency.
Sure enough, the day arrives when “why?” is no longer the question of choice. The age of self-discovery has come. Much to the dismay of many a parent, the question changes to a constant “Why not?”. An explanation of the way things are is no longer good enough. A reason is demanded for why things can’t be different. As irritating as the constant questioning might be, it is good to be reminded that it is through this process that discoveries are made that can bring about much of the growth and positive changes that we enjoy.
As individuals and as congregations of Christians, we need to ask why. Why are we here? Simply put, we exist to bring glory and honor to God and to do so in such a way that we bring others into complete relationship with Him also. When we understand the why, then we can begin thinking and dreaming of ways to do that more effectively. When we grasp the “why”, we begin to grow into the “why not” stage. Churches and ministries often do that as organizations. “Why not add new and multiple worship services?” “Why not have events and programming focused on teens, children, seniors, college students, or other specific group?” “Why not reach out as a congregation to people in the community that have needs?” “Why not . . .?” While these and other “why not” questions often get asked by churches and groups, what about individually asking, “why not? “.
Individually, why not be more involved? Why not give more of my time and money to ministry? Why not serve others? Why not teach a children’s class, a teen class, a small group, or other class? Why not pray for my neighbor, co-worker, family member, etc., and talk to them about my relationship with Jesus every opportunity that I have? Why not . . .?