What’s Your Why

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17


I recently saw a meme (from the wonderful Michael Hyatt) asking, “What is your why?”  On the very same day, I received a short email from a fellow organizer that said simply this:

“Seems very odd that you focus mostly on Christian audiences. I’m not a Christian.

Seems like you would lose out on a lot of people who are not Christian.”


In other words, “Why are you doing what you’re doing?”

For a Christian, the obvious answer to “What’s your why?” is simply “Jesus.” He’s why.


Now, how do you explain that to someone who’s living with another why, or who doesn’t really have one?

Well, here’s what I replied to that fellow organizer:

“I talk a lot about the mental/emotional/spiritual aspect of organizing.  The goal shouldn’t be to “get organized,” it’s to feel better in our hearts—less anxiety, more peace.

“When I speak with Christian audiences, I can really say all of the things I think about organizing, and do!  For example, in the “Organizing Your Wardrobe” talk, I talk all about how to clean out a closet, but I also talk about the point: We should choose clothes that make us feel great because we’re beautiful creations and so loved by God.

“When I speak to general (mixed faith) audiences about belongings, I tell them right away that I’m a Christian and my world-view is based in that faith. I’m very careful not to “preach” or offend, but simply to love.  I try to show the audience my heart for them: that I don’t want them to spend their lives feeling anxious because they’re buried under stuff!  I hope that they’ll be intrigued enough to buy my books and discover more of what being a Christian is really about.

“And you know what?  They often do!  I think they respond so well to me because they see that I really do love them.  In fact, the most over-the-top, raucous applause I’ve ever gotten was at a public library. 🙂 So, I’d love to tell you more about my faith if you’re interested…”

All of that was to say to her: Jesus is my why. Always.

Hopefully it wasn’t an overwhelming email. I didn’t hear back from her… but perhaps I helped plant a seed.


Take the challenge:

If your “why” is Jesus, take a few minutes to actually write that out. Pretend a non-Christian has asked you, “Why are you a Christian?” or “Why do you do what you do that way?”. Write the question, and write the answer, on paper (or onscreen). Then you’ll be ready for God to send you someone who’ll ask.

If your “why” isn’t Jesus, I hope you’ll be interested enough to check out more of my stuff… in fact, if you’re a non-Christian who wants to read more about my organizing “why,” I’ll happily send you my first book free of charge so you can get started!  And if you ever did want to talk about any of this, please, please email me and I’ll get back to you right away.



Shannon Signature First 3.21.12




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