Why on earth are you here?
Why on earth are you here?
Has anyone ever asked you that question? If you ever hear it in a harsh tone of voice, you may find yourself tempted to shrink back and away. (Been there, done that.)
Have you ever asked yourself this question? If so, how did you answer it? Maybe you are still working out the answer, gathering bits and pieces of insight along the way through podcasts, books, lectures, and life hacks.
Will Mancini has a new blog post entitled Life Mission Statement 101: Why You Need One (http://bit.ly/2Ak4d84). Will helps us think more deeply and precisely about the big question of the meaning of our lives. He promises to write more on this subject in future posts. He also has a forthcoming book on the topic and developed a personal mission and vision process with Dave Rhodes called Younique (www.lifeyounique.com).
My first encounter with the Younique process was in September 2016. I have helped quite a few people give voice to their life mission statements along the way through personal coaching and life planning. My own mission statement has evolved over the last fifteen years. It has gained clarity and precision. Younique helped me shape my mission into its most motivating form yet.
I help people experience maximum expression of their life stories.
Everyone has a story to live and to tell. Have you ever noticed that the first book in the Bible, Genesis, is not a theological treatise along the lines of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion or Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics? Instead, it is made up of stories about people who are all too real and relatable. Adam and Eve have a less-than-ideal marriage. Adam doesn’t bother to name his wife until after the Fall, even though he named all the animals and birds as God brought them to him.
Cain tried to manipulate God with his offering. That didn’t work, so he killed his brother.
Real people; real problems. Why does God teach us theology in this manner? It may have something to do with the fact that we relate better to stories than theological propositions in large books with tiny print and no pictures.
Every one of us is part of God’s epic poem (Eph. 2:10). Each of us has our role to play, our work to accomplish, our success to achieve. Together, in God’s strength and with his resources, we can make something of our lives which honors God and serves others.
What’s your story?
Your life has more significance than you know. You have more meaning than you imagine. How can you maximize your story in such a manner that people see how good God is and find within themselves the capacity to positively influence their corners of the world?
Walk through a life mission development process. Write and commit to memory a mission statement as unique as you are. Make sure it reflects who you are in every context like your home, your work, and your leisure. Consider your personality and strengths, your giftedness and experiences.
Most importantly, live on mission wherever you are, whatever you are doing. That is how you maximize your story.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.