Image by WolfS♡ul via FlickrCreating a personal mission statement is not very difficult, but it will take some time to fully think through God's plan for your life and craft something that energizes you to live life to the fullest. In God's Word we read that "life is a vapor." Life is extremely short, so now is the time to invest a few hours to determine the mission God wants you to pursue.
Who should have a mission statement? Mission statements aren't just for businesses anymore! Everyone should have a mission statement, especially born again believers in Jesus Christ.
What a mission statement is not:
- A list of goals
- A statement of a career path
- A to-do list
- God's mission for your life.
- A statement of service to others.
- How your God-given time, spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, personality, experiences, and money fit into your overall mission.
- Your passion. What gets you fired up to get out of bed in the morning?
- Your community. Who were you meant to serve?
- Your contribution to the world.
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When should I write my mission statement? There's no better time than NOW! The sooner you have a handle on God's plan for your life, the sooner you have a direction in which to head. As you work on your mission statement, be sure to focus on the task before you when you are at your best energy and concentration level.
How do I go about writing my mission statement?
- Set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day for a couple of weeks to generate your thoughts and ideas.
- Spend time in God's Word and prayer, asking God to reveal to you what His plan is for your life.
- Utilize morning pages or a journal to get your thoughts and ideas down on paper.
- List your spiritual gifts.
- List your God-given talents and abilities.
- Determine what you are truly passion about.
- Focus on a statement of service to others.
- Figure out who your target audience or community is.
- Determine why your mission is important.
The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt