Sitting in a student leadership workshop one summer between grades in high school, I heard a speaker ask the question, “What is your life mission statement?”
At age 16 or 17, I had a million dreams and opportunities, but a life mission statement, COME ON!?! Professional golfer, pharmacist, musician, the President of the US, author..heck, I didn’t know. Something where I could make a lot of money, pursue the “American Dream”, and maybe influence a few people for Christ..if it were comfortable and easy.
But the speaker continued asking questions and encouraging us to think about things differently. He didn’t want to know WHAT we wanted to be..he wanted us to discover HOW we were going to impact those around us. And with the help of the workshop and the facilitator, I hammered out this statement:
I exist to be a catalyst for change in people’s lives through … _________________.
Even at an early age I realized that what comes after the ellipsis wasn’t super-important. The fill-in-the-blank could be anything! At the time, I was flipping burgers for McDonalds. And I wanted to influence change in those working around me by modeling a good work ethic, building relationships, earning trust and sharing Christ.
Later, it was through music. I wanted to encourage change in people’s lives by affecting them with meaningful lyrics partnered with creative music. This was realized through my efforts with Rocketboy (quasi-christian 90’s alt-rock).
Then, it was through leadership both in the sacred and secular realm. I wanted to encourage change in people’s lives by encouraging them out of their comfort zones, challenging the status quo, while pointing and leading them toward a real relationship with Christ. (Worship Leader, VP with local business, and now Executive Pastor)
My mission still feels the same..but it’s time to refine it.
- Leadership (20)
- Knowledge (19)
- Administration (19)
- Apostle (17)
- Teaching (16)
- Wisdom (16)
Frederick Buechner says that the place that you ought to serve is “where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” (via Mary DeMuth) So, I’m in search of my greatest joy and what I think is the world’s greatest need.
My passions are strong for my family.
I love music.
Leading resonates with me.
I love to read and devour information, twist it, turn it and share it.
Writing brings me joy.
I love my Lord and desire to live for Him and serve Him.
Encouraging change in people’s lives still excites me!
I love to communicate..by writing, singing and speaking.
- I’m trying to figure out who even listens to me..
- I’m trying to figure out where I can center myself and completely utilize my gift mix..
- I’m trying to narrow my focus from a broad light to a sharp laser..
What do you see?
What would you say my “one thing” is?
(DISCLAIMER: After reading this, I realize that it may sound very “selfish” or “self-centered”..I hope that it doesn’t come across that way to you. I am truly just doing some soul-searching to try and refine who I am and where I can best serve those that are listening. And the fact that you’re reading, means I could use your help.
And, I’m completely and utterly satisfied with my current occupation. I feel like I’m right where God wants me to be..this is a great feeling, by the way..but I think I can be a more effective minister of the gospel if I hone things down and stick to my passions and gifts..I just need help recognizing those.
Thanks for your help. I truly appreciate you. Leave your comments and discussion below.)