You are a one of a kind masterpiece. There has never been and will never be anyone exactly like you. ‘Thank God!’ some may be thinking! But it’s humbling to think that each of us is truly unique. There is no one else with the intricate mixture of personality, talents and passions as you. Although fundamentally we may share a common purpose, you have a specific assignment; a mission that is unique to you and one which only you can fulfill. Others may have similar missions but it will never be lived out in the same manner or with the exact results as yours. Your mission is your mission and your life is important and vital.
So what is a mission? In the book The Path…Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and Life, author Lauirie Beth Jones says,
“A mission is a clearly defined area of responsibility that is assigned by a High Headquarters, which is part of a larger plan and is felt as a ‘calling’.”
Simply stated, a mission statement is a written down reason for being. It is the purpose and motivation behind your actions. It is a statement about the lens through which you see life; the core value that motivates and drives you. Ideally a mission statement should be a single sentence, easy to memorize and recite, and understandable to a twelve year old.
A personal mission statement is something that is true about you at all times. It is not limited to a job, role or geography because those things will change in the course of a lifetime. The best place to start crafting a personal mission statement is to identify your core value by asking yourself a few questions.
What quality would I most like to represent to the world? What am I passionate about? What do I get excited and enthusiastic about and why?
The truth is we each are living out a mission whether we can articulate it or not. The question is whose? Oh may our answer be Love’s!
Unhindered…live the masterpiece!
My mission is to stir-up, inspire and speak Divine encouragement! What’s yours?