I just finished up a week of teaching young men about how to clarify their life mission/vision at one of the local Christian colleges in our region. It was wonderful to see the ‘aha’ moments when they found out that they did indeed have vision and that it really matters that they protect and pursue that vision.
Your life has a purpose- God has made you to impact eternity. The degree to which we are focused on our eternal purpose is the degree to which we will be refuelled. The degree to which we wander from our designed purpose is the degree to which we will be depleted in the long haul.
There are some things that God calls all of us to do and be. At the same time, each of us has something unique and one-of-a-kind about our assignments. The more you understand God’s unique purpose for your life, the more you are able to eliminate activity that takes you away from that purpose and drains you. The more you focus on activity that takes you towards that purpose the more energized you will be. Let’s look at some indicators that can point out what God’s unique assignment for your life may be:
- Natural Abilities. God has created every one of us with a unique set of gifts, strengths in areas where we excel more than others.
- Spiritual Gifts. We find lists of spiritual giftings in 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Romans 12 and 1 Peter 4. When you come to know Christ, God gives you supernatural abilities to do certain things that need to be shared and employed in serving others.
- Passions. Is there a need in your community or the world that brings tears to your eyes? What do you really care about? What is your heart drawn to? People are attracted like magnets to those who discover their God-given passions.
- Personality. We either enjoy working with things, people, or ideas. Which do you prefer? What would those closest to you say is unique about your personality?
- Responsibilities. What are the things or people that God says you have a responsibility for. This could include financial and physical provision for family members, current work responsibilities, etc.
- Experience and Education. What have you learned and experienced can you use for the kingdom? No one else in the world has the unique mix of life experience and formal and informal education that you have.
- Revelation. What are some divine indicators in your life that point to what God has designed you to do? He can reveal this to us through words of knowledge/wisdom, insights from trusted mentors, personal study and reflection, etc. Also, what feedback and affirmation has your Christian community given you?
- Values. What is important to you in terms of how your life mission is carried out? Who should you be allied with that shares your values?
When you combine all these indicators, you can arrive at a clearer picture of what God wants to use you for and how He wants to use you. Take some time to prayerfully consider these things. Use what you have discovered to write out a one or two sentence life mission statement. Examples of a life mission statement are:
I am called to influence people towards Jesus, to inspire others to give their lives in service to Him and to encourage people through teaching. I am also called to support my spouse and our children in their calling.
My life purpose is to care for the poor, the broken, the needy and the destitute so that they will have hope, freedom and restoration.
My life purpose is to develop businesses that advance the Great Commission and to mentor others to do the same.
I am called to raise our children up to be spiritually, physically, intellectually and emotionally healthy.
When you clarify what your life mission statement is, you are able to use that as a guide and grid by which you evaluate all offers, opportunities and options. Getting clarity on what to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to is one of the greatest steps towards a liberated, fulfilling and refuelled life!