As “the journey begins” in your personal Christian walk with Jesus, what are the core values that will shape the steps you take? Wouldn’t it begin with an effort to understand why you’re here?
●Living With Purpose. “A mission is a charge, a guiding mandate that defines a task. In fact, ‘mission’ derives from a word that means ‘to send’ or ‘sent.’ Thus a person with a mission is a person with a purpose. He is out to accomplish something. He feels a sense of responsibility to fulfill that purpose, and if he is genuinely dedicated to it, it guides his actions."1
●Three Ways of Discovering Your Life Purpose.
A. Writing your obituary: What do your actions and behaviors say about your life purpose? What would you truly want your obituary to say about you?
B. Your personal profile: How are you “wired”—your temperament, your strengths, your unique life experiences, your passion?
C. Your personal mission statement: Complete these statements—
For me, to live is . . .
For me, to be fully alive is . . .
My true life legacy will be . . .
Now, try to craft a one-line mission statement for yourself.
●The Apostle Paul as an Example of Living With Purpose.
“All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. . . . Don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back” (Phil. 3:8, 9, 13, 14, The Message).
C. “The End”
“The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return” (2 Tim. 4:6-8, NLT).2