Teach me your way, O Lord; Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.Psalm 86:11
In his best-selling book, “Start With Why,” author and organizational consultant Simon Sinek asserts that WHY we do something is paramount. WHAT we do and HOW we get it done are secondary.
People don’t buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it.Simon Sinek
Sinek illustrates his philosophy of value before volition with The Golden Circle:
In Golden Circle format, Psalm 86:11 (quoted above) looks like this:
So that I may fear Your Name (Why)
Teach me Your way, O Lord (How)
Give me an undivided heart (What)
An undivided heart means the appearance and the reality are exactly the same–you actually believe what you say and do . However, this can only come from learning God’s ways. But learning God’s ways won’t be a priority unless you WANT to respect and honor Him as He deserves.
Please pause for a moment and think about someone who has truly inspired you.
Has this inspiration led to lasting change in your life?
Chances are good that it did– IF you started with WHY.
Please allow a brief personal illustration.
I was converted at age nine, but at fifteen I sensed God drawing me closer to Him. My pastor suggested I start a daily time of prayer and Bible study; I took his advice, and thirty six years later I still meet God every morning!
It’s not WHAT I do–set aside time every day, or HOW I do it–with certain scriptures and prayers, but WHY–to draw closer to God, that keeps me coming back.
In our life with Christ, may we always Start With Why
The heart writes with permanent marker; authenticity is hard to erase.Regular David (me)