I had a few minutes to kill and grabbed a book of the shelf and went outside to sit for a while and read. The book was a little devotional-type that I hadn’t looked at for a few years. I opened it, randomly found a chapter and began to read. It was the third time in recent weeks when I have been confronted about having personal mission and vision statements.
I came back inside and found the notebook where I’ve begun this endeavor several times over the past many years. I never get it quite done. Nothing ever sounds noble, wise, or sincere enough. I want to do it, but it just doesn’t happen. There are formulas to help, but that seems so artificial. Maybe it is a mental block, maybe mental problems… I don’t know. I just can’t seem to get it down.
What would be interesting would be to interview some of the people who know me best, who observe my life, who are active participants in my living; and ask them to write the mission and vision statements that I portray. Maybe it’s not as important what I think my mission is as it is what others would observe it to be.
In Acts 13:36 Paul observes about King David that he served the purposes of God in his generation. Peter says concerning Paul in 2 Peter 3:15 – 16 that, although his writings may be difficult, and he said it in many ways; the message of Paul was to count the patience of our Lord as salvation.
Maybe a good time of devotion would be to spend time with God asking Him, not what my mission is, but what is He observing; is what others observe pleasing.
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