I was recently asked if I had ever written a personal mission statement. I thought about it for a minute and realized that I hadn’t. I’m not even sure I ever thought about writing one. I’ve helped draft mission statements for churches, teams, and projects, but never a personal one. I have a set of personal Core Values that I religiously adhere to, but I have never actually written out a personal mission statement.
So, I looked at the results of some recent ‘personality tests’ that I have taken, I thought about my passions, my gifting, and the things that bring me the most fulfillment, said a little prayer, and then the words just seemed to flow. It was a great experience and was surprisingly easy. I believe it will go a long way in helping me navigate and prioritize many of the choices I’ve yet to make in this final third of my life.
I highly recommend to anyone, no matter what age or stage you might be in life, to write out your own personal mission statement. If done carefully and prayerfully, and maybe with a Bible at hand, it can be a helpful guide as you face the big decisions that will inevitably come your way. Of course, it can always be tweaked, if necessary, but a base to work from, and a foundation to build upon, is always a good thing.
So, for what it’s worth and for the sake of accountability, here’s mine:
To employ the gifts and abilities God has entrusted me with to impact the world for Christ one person, group, or culture at a time by:
– living a life that exemplifies Christ
– faithfully proclaiming God’s Word
– encouraging and mobilizing people to experience their highest potential in Christ
– loving people as they are
– serving “behind the scenes” so that others can be more effective in their calling
– creating music that inspires, challenges, or encourages others.
Thanks for this. The closest I’ve ever done on this is a new year’s resolution, but this is so much more powerful. It’ll also form the basis for a sharing at the Lord’s table – Jesus’ mission statement.
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Thanks Darrell! I appreciate your comments! It was definitely a powerful experience for me!