God laid it on my heart to redo my personal purpose statement this year. God made me with an unique purpose that only I can fulfill. My purpose seems to change as I grow, as I know Him and me more, as I work through life. The key word is “seems”. The purpose is always there, unchanging and unique. He had it planned before I was even born. I just need to discover my purpose for myself. No one can tell me what my purpose is (although they can provide feedback). But ultimately, it is between me and God alone. As I gain more clarity, I can modify my written purpose statement.
Here is my latest purpose statement:
To prayerfully, creatively, patiently, persistently and gently use all the resources God has given me … to advance His Kingdom … by minimizing the barriers and obstacles that others face when they try to reach their maximum God-given potential.
Why have a purpose statement? Because I have peace and joy. I am free from worry and anxiety. I am free from other people’s expectations of me. The closer I am to working out my God given purpose, the more peace and joy I have regardless of my circumstances… the closer I am to God, the closer I am to imitating Jesus.
Life is a journey to a destination. My purpose statement keeps me on the correct path. Whether I reach that destination or not in this life is immaterial. Success is staying on the correct path for my journey with God. Failure is taking a path not of God. I can celebrate many successes and failures with God, have His peace and joy, and have less frustration or guilt – even if I don’t get to my destination.
I can quickly say yes to requests that bring me closer to my purpose. And I can quickly say no (with confidence and without guilt) to the requests that move me away (or distract me) from my purpose. If I am right, God will bless me with more peace and joy. And if I am wrong, I know God can take care of my error and that He will discipline me to put me back on the correct path. Either way, it is all for my good.
Note: It may seem strange that my purpose statement came after I wrote my goals. Not so. My purpose statement is only slightly modified from a previous one. My goals are still pointed towards my purpose. I just need to incorporate gentleness (my last modification) into them. My next post explains my purpose statement in more detail.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10, TLB)
Some elaboration of my purpose statement is as follows:
prayerfully – talk AND LISTEN to God (… especially on the HOW and the WHEN and with WHO) creatively – a talent God has continued to supply me patiently – to await God’s timing persistently – to continue until He tells to stop, wait or back off gently – to be kind and compassionate – my big challenge – my only modification to my statement all resources – spiritual gifts, people, time, talents, skills, money, stuff – I am to be a good steward advance His Kingdom – not mine nor somebody else’s kingdom minimizing the barriers and obstacles – I am to be part of God’s solution
not a complainer, not a grumbler, not a whiner, not a bystander, not a naysayer = I am not to be do not be part of the problem
when they try – there must be effort on their part
I need to pray for discernment (to perceive honest effort)
I need to pray for my willingness to obey and follow God without hesitation
If no effort, I need to move on to others – unless God tells me differently
my help/involvement increases when they ASK for it – because asking shows humility and a willingness to learn their maximum God-given potential – not for me to judge – it is between them and God
while there is effort, I continue to help – unless God tells me differently
Judging = His job to decide innocence or guilt and impose a penalty
Discernment = my job to decide whether their actions are Godly and decide if/how to be involved
After all … God is God and I am not!
My bottom line
If what I am doing is according to His desires and plans for me, God will bless me with peace and joy and freedom from worry and anxiety. If I err innocently, God will discipline me gently. If I err willfully, God will discipline me severely and may even punish me. Regardless, it is all for my good.
Note: This is my purpose statement. Others need to come up with their own, working and conversing diligently with God. Others can use my purpose statement as an example but others should not use it. It is unique to me. And you have a purpose unique to you.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)