What is your “Why” and “Who”?

I have been blessed with the opportunity to invest in business mentorship. Investing in mentorship has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. My mentorship transcended a purely business relationship and developed into a friendship in which we both encourage each other in the faith and I still highly respect and regard her as a mentor. At the beginning of the mentoring process my mentor Karen directed me to determine my “why”. She instructed me to reflect on why I wanted to start a business. My why encompasses the reasons why I desire to have a business and what I want to accomplish. She taught me that my why serves as my motivation and the foundation of my business. Karen shared that having a strong “why” will give me the boost I need to continue in my business endeavor especially when times get rocky. She also taught me the importance of knowing my “who”. My “who” encompasses the segment of population in which I want to reach/serve/ impact. While reading Romans 15 the topic of “why and who” came to mind. In Romans 15:15-21 Paul clearly discusses his “why and who” for his ministry.

15 Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written:
“Those who were not told about him will see,
and those who have not heard will understand.”

Paul shared that he was a minister called by God to serve the gentile population (who) by sharing the gospel with them. Paul proclaimed the gospel with the gentiles so, “that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” (Why)

What are your God given talents?

Who can you serve/bless/positively impact with your talents?

What is your “why”?

If we are unsure of who we are and who God called us to be and what he has gifted us to do if we aren’t careful we may find ourselves either living aimlessly in a field that we are not graced to be in and miserable, stagnant not doing anything at all or constantly jumping from one field to the next desperately trying to fill the void that only God’s purposefulness can fill. God is our creator he knows what he has called and designed us to do so if we find that we are loss, we can cry out to him. If you are not sure of your “who” and “why” do not be discouraged. Pray to God and ask him to reveal your who and why to you and do your best to do well in the field you are currently in. Where you are at right now may not feel fulfilling or very meaningful but if you keep God first and follow his directions, he will use the experience you are accumulating now for your good. Where you are right now can help you learn some important principles and lessons that can serve you well in the future.

Father God Thank you for the breath of life you breathed into my body. Thank you for being mindful of me and loving me enough to give me a beautiful purpose that glorifies you and blesses my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ. Thank you, Lord, for being the ultimate strategist who knows every little detail of my life and can work all of it out for good in the end. I pray that your “Will” will be accomplished in my life and that I will serve you and others well in whatever capacity you have designed and called me for. I pray that you will give me clarity, insight, patience and gratitude concerning the purpose you have for me. Give me the courage and gumption I need to keep moving forward and giving my best even when I feel unsure or discouraged about my purpose. Please help me to develop a heart that yearns to use the talents you have given me for your glory and others’ good. Father forgive me for the times I have been selfish and prideful with the gifts you have given me. I praise you for you are great and there is no other like you in all the earth Amen.

Latoya Williams