What's Your Why


Why? W.H. Y.

It’s a small word with a BIG impact. It means for what purpose, to what end. I believe that why is ingrained on every human heart. You know as a kid, it might be something like, “hey mommy, why can’t I eat the whole batch of brownies for breakfast?” But as we get older, our questions become a little more serious. They’re deeper. Questions like, “Why were we created?” or “why did God let that horrible thing happen?”

I’d never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would’ve become a professional soccer player for 9 years. I’ve been extremely blessed and been able to live out my dream. In 2007, I was drafted 5th overall by the New England Revolution. That same year, we won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. I scored the game winning goal, to bring the Revolution their first Championship. The next year, in 2008, we won the Superliga title. In 2010, with the Colorado Rapids, I won the MLS Cup.

Is this all there is?

I was left with this question after every championship, success and accomplishment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for them and it was a fun ride. But what I had imagined was so much greater than reality. You know the former Georgia football coach Mark Richt nailed it on the head when he said, “life’s about people, not rings. Rings and trophies collect dust.” Amen brotha Mark, so true!

Let me ask you a question! “What’s your WHY?”

My why is simple: to love Jesus and love people with all of me! 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God.” That’s what I try to do. Do I fail? A whole lot. Every single day. Multiple times a day. Ask my wife, she’ll tell you. But that’s my why.
My what is soccer. My what is writing. My what is simply going out to eat with friends.
The value of a life is always measure by how much of it is given away. Not rings. Or money. Or popularity. Or smarts. Or any kind of fame, wealth or accomplishment.

Again, “what’s your why?”

You should take time to really figure this out. When you do, remind yourself of it often. Write it down. You must truly believe in what you are doing. Let me share with you an amazing secret. One that I’m sure you’ve heard often. But it’s so true. Life’s not about you. It’s not about me. And we can’t arrive at our life’s purpose by starting with a focus on ourselves. We must begin with God. He created us. We were made by Him and for Him. And it’s only in Him that we discover our true identity. Our meaning. Our purpose. Our significance. Our identity. Our WHY!

What’s your why?Soccer and Jesus

By Wells Thompson


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