I want to live intentionally! I want to live my beliefs and values!
But I wonder if the people closest to me, who am I kidding … I wonder if I would say I’m actually fulfilling my goals.
That thought inspired to write a personal mission statement . . . a brief description of God’s purpose for my life.
What do you think..?
Do you have a personal mission statement?
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
The Bible says God has plans for His people. Plans and purposes for you and me.
If that’s true, I want to know what they are and live by them? Imagine how intentionally you and I could plan our days if we made it our goal to live His plans and purposes.
I believe writing a personal mission statement can help me plan my days wisely and help me know when to say “yes” and when it’s better to say “no.”
Since I thought you might want to write your own Mission Statement, I decided I’d share the process I used to write mine…
How to Start Your Mission Statement
Grab a pen and paper. Relax. Don’t over think your answers. Just start writing…
1. List the things you’re passionate about; things you love to do. e.g. Teaching, writing, business, parenting, etc.
2. List the qualities and values that best define your character. e.g. I am honest, patient, creative, funny, giving, etc.
3. List areas you’d like to improve. e.g. I would like to eat a healthy diet, exercise, spend more time in prayer and Bible study, advance my career, volunteer, etc.
4. Now go over your lists and combine them into one or two purposeful sentences, at the most paragraphs, that define who you are and who you’d like to become.
Remember you won’t come up with the perfect mission statement overnight. Take your time. Go over it often and tweak it as necessary.
I used the Franklin Covey – Build a Mission Statement – Live with Purpose
“You have a purpose in life. You know in your heart what’s most important to you. In fact, your mission and values are expressed every day, by how you live–you just may not realize it.”
The Live with Purpose program helped me narrow my thoughts down to the following:
I am at my best when I get enough rest, eat well, and exercise, and I will try to prevent times when I don’t…
I will enjoy my work by doing things where I can engage with people, do research, and write…
I will find enjoyment in my personal life by spending time with family and friends…
I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as teaching and encouraging others…
I will learn more about blogging, social media, and engaging with my audience . . . and apply them.
My life’s journey is about loving God and loving others … living in ways others know how much I love Jesus…
I will do my best to be a person of whom my family and friends say “she loves big”…
I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
♥ laughter and organization
♥ determination and caring
♥ kindness and love
I will constantly renew myself by focusing on these four dimensions of my life:
♥ Physical Health – Exercise 3-4 times a week and eat a healthy diet.
♥ Spiritual Health – Spend time every day in prayer and Bible reading. I will gather with other believers regularly.
♥ Mental Health – Never stop learning and spend time with family and friends.
♥ Emotional Health – Schedule time for rest and relaxation.
That seemed like a lot to remember; so, I narrowed it down and made it more specific.
But first, I decided to look at the life of Jesus to see if I could learn more from His example of purposeful living.
“I believe that Jesus would have given His life for just one person. Jesus emptied Himself, He humbled Himself and He so yielded Himself to His Father’s love that He had no ambition of His own. He was not looking to build an empire, He did not want praise or adulation or to impress people with who or how many followed Him. He stopped over and over again for just one person, for just one life.” ~Heidi Baker
Jesus knew His mission, His purpose. He knew the plan and He lived it … in the process, He gave us a clear example of how intentional living should look.
Although you and I may not be able to change time and history and we may not affect countless lives for all eternity … we are able to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.
You see, Jesus gave all of us a sample Mission Statement…
Love the Lord God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and love my neighbor as I love myself. Mark 12:30–31
So, that’s where I began…
My Mission Statement
To love God completely with all my mind and my emotions. To intentionally spend time every day in prayer and Bible study. To get enough rest, eat a healthy diet, and exercise so I’ll have the strength I need to love and care for the people in my life. To never stop learning, spend face to face time with friends and family and treat everyone (even me) with kindness and forgiveness. To celebrate each day’s blessings and glorify God with gratitude for His loving care. I will do this with God’s help and by His grace.
Writing Your Mission Statement
Let’s Sum It Up
Go back to your answers to the questions above. Based on your answers, write four or five “To…” sentences, succinctly naming those things most important to you. Stay positive – don’t use any negative words or phrases. You want to be inspired and motivated.
Remember, the goal of your Mission Statement is to:
Help you clearly identify what’s most important.
Give you a foundation for making major, life-directing decisions.
Help you make daily decisions in spite of circumstances or emotions.
Help you live intentionally … focused, confident, and intentional.
Once you’re finished, keep your Mission Statement someplace you can see it.
When you and I live our God-given purpose, we can approach each day with joy, focus on the opportunities He gives, and let Him do the rest!
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