But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. Genesis 25:22

There’s one word that can give a clue to so many things in life. It’s a question that if properly asked can lead to amazing discoveries about self and any situation. It’s the word “why.”

Usually when we begin something, be it a project, study, relationship or a business, it’s because we have a goal in mind. There’s something we want to achieve. There’s a desire we want to accomplish. But as life drifts on, we tend to lose steam. When challenges come along the way, we become discouraged. We want to stop and quit.

That’s why every now and then we need to pause and ask the question, Why? Why am I doing this? Why am I going this way? It’s a question that can help recalibrate your life. It’s a question that can help you find meaning.  It’s a question that can help you regain focus in life.

“Why am I here?” is another important question we need to ask. That’s a question that most people ask themselves at a crisis point—when life’s troubles are becoming unbearable. When life’s on a downward spiral with no hold back, we begin to query our reason for existence.

Unfortunately, we often ask that question late in life. Rather, it’s a question that we need to ask as early as possible in life and also from time to time. It’s a question that if properly answered can set our life on a new footing and in a different direction.

The why question is a question of purpose. It helps one to find meaning—in life, work, relationship, or any endeavor whatsoever. Take some time this week to ask the why question. Explore every area where you’re having struggle and sincerely ask yourself, Why? Once you (re)discover the reason or purpose, you’ll find new strength to keep going.