Finding My Purpose

Working through “What’s Best Next” (which I highly recommend, by the way) forced me to draft a personal mission statement. Matt Perman has some great guidelines in the book for basing your mission on the true purpose of life and being purpose directed but gospel driven. He recommends defining your mission statement in three parts: purpose, principles, and beliefs. The fourth section below is my “life vision” which describes my highest level goals and my current best thinking on the trajectory of my life. I found the exercise simple and rewarding. It left me feeling refocused and reenergized towards the things that matter to me. Here is my personal mission statement:

PURPOSE

  • I exist to glorify God by enjoying Him supremely while doing good works (Ps 86, Eph 2:10)

PRINCIPLES

(in no particular order)

  • Love my wife like Jesus loves me (Eph 5:25)
  • Love and instruct my kids in the Lord (Eph 6:4)
  • Invest finances in God’s Kingdom (Mat 6:19–24)
  • Live in community (Heb 10:24–25)
  • Build up the Church (1 Cor 14:12)
  • Abide in Jesus (John 15:1–11)
  • Stand firm in freedom (Gal 5:1)
  • Walk by the Spirit (Gal 5:16)
  • Accept my weaknesses / trust Jesus’ strength (2 Cor 12:5–10)
  • Live by faith in the gospel (Rom 1:16–17)
  • Live peaceably with everyone (Rom 12:18)
  • Be content (1 Tim 6:6)
  • Do good works (Eph 2:10)
  • Act boldly (Acts 4:13)
  • Implore others to be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20)
  • Love the people of God (1 John 3:14)
  • Work for the good of my neighbors (Jer 29:7)
  • Show mercy and kindness to all people (Luke 10:25–37)
  • Pray always (Luke 18:1)
  • Obey God’s word (Deu 12:28)
  • Love God (Luke 10:27)
  • Make disciples (Mat 28:18–20)
  • Fight fear / be courageous (Dan 10:19)
  • Enjoy what I do, eat, and drink (Ecc 3:13)

BELIEFS

  • I am a Spirit filled child of the Father who loves me and chose me to believe in Jesus through the gospel. God saved me for my joy and His glory in order that I would do the good works which He prepared in advance for me to do.

LIFE VISION

  • Know God and walk with Him
  • Love my wife and raise generations of children who love God together
  • Plant healthy churches and make disciples
  • Build great companies and do work that helps people
  • Gain financial wealth and invest in Kingdom endeavors
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