I excitedly logged on the the Men's Fraternity website and begin to rebuild it. As I worked on new pages and added new photos, it occured to me that I have "revised" or restarted the website before. Actually, I have restarted the website more times than I care to admit. Each time I started, I had the most sincere desire to re-engage the men at Men's Fraternity through the website and worked hard to get it going. Unfortunately it only lasted a few months, and I got distracted and thus resulted in me having to begin the website again as I did a couple of weeks ago.
You may ask, what does that have to do with me, a lot. If we're honest, we all have had times in our lives where we begin new diets, health regiments, hobbies, etc and find ourselves abandoning these efforts within weeks and months of beginning them. Often it is not the "motivation" that derails us, but the "reason" we begin that seems to be the problem. Let me see if I can explain.
At times, most people at one point or another go on a diet. They begin with excitement, they institute a good plan and they are off and running, most often they 'crash and burn." They began the diet because their clothes are a little tight, or they want to look good for the summer trip to the beach. After a couple of weeks they find themselves not only buying bigger clothes, but the vacation has moved from a week at the beach to a week in the mountains. However if i decide to go on a diet to become more healthy because I want to be around longer for my wife and grandkids, it becomes more than an event, but a life crusade. See how it works.
When I look at my own life, I realize that most of the time, I began for the wrong reason. If I can clarify why I am starting something, and make sure it is being instituted for a good reason, then I am much more likely to keep it going. Next time you want to start something new in your life, ask yourself why do you want to begin this. It may save you a lot of redoing and restarting things in your life.
So you may be asking me how does the above philosophy relate to this website. I have often began working on this website because I thought it was something I needed to do OR all good ministries have a website. Yeah, pretty weak reasons. This time I began because I really want to connect with men in all walks of life and to share with them the amazing men here at First Assembly. I felt that this group can and will make the difference in the lives of men in the future and with that thinking being my motivation, I knew I had to go this going again. The website now has "eternal" reasons for existing.