Here’s a little something to think about for today–Mission and Purpose. I want to share mine with you. It is important to have a mission in life and not just to simply know one’s purpose. My purpose will never change. My mission (the work I do) may change over time; and that’s okay.
The mission statement becomes a driving force in my life. It helps keep me honest and real. Today, consider your life. Are you going where you want to go? Have you strayed away from the you originally set for yourself? If so, today is as good as any day to get back to the basics of living purposefully and with a greater depth of meaning.
So today, I share with you my mission statement.
The mission of this human soul and body is to live an authentic life in Christ and His word by developing spiritual songs/hymns of praise that inspire lives and draw others to deeper relationship with God. I will use my talents and abilities creatively and honestly. I will not hide them nor make excuse for them just because they may not always be immediately recognized, desired, “cool,’ or popular. I want all that I do to be a product of the inspiration of God and a blessing to the world around me—friends, family, locally, and then globally. I pledge loyalty and allegiance to God first, family, and friends. At work, I will be a good listener, reliable, authentic, creative in purpose, a team player, offer encouragement, be committed to high ethics and integrity, be observant and supply needs while maintaining personal efficacy and efficiency. I will not sacrifice relevance and meaning in my work—any work I set my hands to do. I offer my work and all that I do as a gift to God, my savior. I will strive to work in areas where I can offer service that will make relevant and meaningful contribution and impact the lives of other people. I will not subject myself to anything (work or play) that doesn’t align with my values, interests, dreams, passions, and purpose. I will life a live of balance and authenticity.
If you need help writing yours, there are plenty of great books to help you along the way. Check out the following resources:
The Path by Laurie Beth Jones
48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Call by Os Guiness
What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
Now, go forth and live with deeper meaning, mission, and purpose. God has so much for us. What a shame to live a half life not being or doing all that He created us to be.