Why We Do What We Do

Pageviews will ebb and flow. Write on.

Some days you just have to ask yourself, "Why do I do this?" Why do I put myself out there? Why do I spend so much time working out ideas and then expressing them in writing?  

Why do I sacrifice other things to get butt in chair and fingers on keys, when there's not necessarily an immediate tangible benefit?

Why do I believe in blogging, blogging the old fashioned way, everyday, in the hopes that this message impacts someone for the good?

Why do I do it? Should I keep doing it? Is it worth it?

Why do you do what you do? Do you know? If you knew, would you keep on or change course?

For me, there have been lots of moments where changing course seemed like the thing to do. This is hard. It's work. There are other things in life that seem more more vital, more urgent, and, at times, more enjoyable.

And for any of us, if the reason we keep doing what we do is essentially ego, then my friends, it is not worth it. Jump ship. Today. 

Because the pageviews will ebb and flow. Accolades will inevitably die down. And the popularity contest will perpetually crown a new victor (who isn't you).

But if you do what you do because it's part of who you are, because it's intrinsic to your God-given calling, because you know that you know that you know that you were put on this planet with art to create and a message to share and this is how you create and share it - then, and only then, should you keep going.

If you do what you do because you can do no other, then you will continue making a difference in the world that only you can make. And we desperately need your gift.

So don't stop. Write on.

Zach Hoag

Zach Hoag, 851 Woods Hollow Road, Westford, VT, 05494

Zach Hoag is an author, preacher, and creator from New England. He's also the author of The Light is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life.