About a month ago I found THIS article and downloaded THIS free Ebook. I was challenged to re-structure a mission statement for my current season of life. I’d always adhered to my mission statement: “That my life would expose the maximum number of people to the joy of knowing Jesus and that I’d live my life creating fun memories with my family and friends.” But that mission statement did not serve as a good “bouncer” for many of the things I’m asked to do.
My current job description as a full-time missionary is to mentor and challenge a ton of girls who are seniors in college. What comes along with being a senior? LOTS OF THINGS. I won’t even list them all out because it’s Saturday and it will stress me out. :) I can remember struggling to keep all the balls in the air, struggling to figure out which hat to wear, and where it would all fit on my plate.
A light bulb went on after I completed the Ebook and I realized that my senior girls each needed to create a Mission Statement to help them “bounce” decisions, job options, responsibilities, etc! I’ve challenged my Bible study to spend extended time with the Lord and to call me when they’ve begun creating their mission. I’ve also begun working through it with several of the sharp Greek leaders who are asked to do literally 2 million things in the 24-hours God’s given them.
Yesterday, a precious friend/student and I began working on hers and it was amazing to see her beginning to see perhaps, what God is calling her to focus on vs. what other people would like to ask her to do for them.
I can’t wait to see these girls begin making choices that will free them up from the good to be able to pursue the GREAT!
Here’s mine currently.
“My mission is…
That my life will expose the maximum number of people to the joy of knowing Jesus.
That I will become a woman of the Word, committed to prayer, whose personal worship exceeds her public work.
That I will become a woman whose entire day and therefore life is fueled by the presence and power of God.
As a result, I will faithfully love, serve, admire and enjoy Joel better than he’s ever been loved, served, admired or enjoyed.
That I would create a home that is a warm, open place offering direction and wisdom to the outside world and is a safe haven for those inside.
That I would faithfully and by the power of the Holy Spirit, take initiative to engage the world around me in prayer, evangelism, discipleship and sending missionaries to every continent of the world.
That I would live in such a way/faithfully attempt to be a breath of fresh air, enjoying the creativity that God has put inside of me, pointing my friends and family to the cross and have a BLAST in the process.”
Hold me to that!!
How about you?
Maybe spend time in these passages and download the Ebook. Unless the LORD builds the mission it’s a labor done in vain-
9 In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.