“Each of us has a mission in life. … One of the most important spiritual disciplines is to develop the knowledge that the years of our lives are years ‘on a mission.'”
- Knowing our mission and striving to realize our full potential helps us get out of bed in the morning
- Knowing our mission and striving to realize our full potential helps us serve those we’re meant to serve
- Knowing our mission and striving to realize our full potential helps us fulfill our mission
- Knowing our mission and striving to realize our full potential helps us achieve success
“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization… It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.”
Knowing Your Mission Gives You Clarity
Jesus prays for his followers, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18). Just as Jesus brought his Father glory on earth by completing the work he was given, we are called to do likewise.
“We seldom realize fully that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks. We act as if we have to choose how, where, and with whom to live. We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide how to entertain ourselves until we die. But we were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was. Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do.”
~Henri J.M. Nouwen
- Know you are here on earth for a reason.
- Discover the details with enthusiasm.
- Pray for guidance and step out in faith.
With that clarity of calling, you’ll bust through barriers of fear and doubt and self-imposed limitations.
With that clarity of calling, you’ll step out in faith on the (sometimes) long, winding road to success.
Knowing Your Mission Gives You Confidence
God fully equips us for our “good works” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).
As we discern who we are and what we’re meant to do on earth, God equips us to fulfill our mission through meditation on His Word, through our prayers, through our experiences, and through our relationships.
We gain more and more confidence as we see the results of our mission (the fruits of our labors) unfold.
Knowing Your Mission Gives You Courage
You know, Mom, it’s funny… I was so upset last night about leaving Oman in just ten days and praying about how I can best use my time left here and being so worried and troubled… and this morning God answered my prayers and showed me my mission in life. It may not be in the way I like it; it so rarely is. …But this morning for one of the first times I truly felt it fit me like a glove and I accepted it–my mission is to spread truth and understanding. It’s as simple and complex as that. It is to spread the light of truth in a world of rhetoric, darkness, and hate, and a mission such as that deserves any effort or pain on my part. Anything.
Just some morning thoughts from your introvert daughter.
All the best. Coming home to see you soon.
- For some people, their missions are relatively “safe.”
- For others, their missions require a boldness that comes with conviction and certainty that they are “sent into the world, just as Jesus was” (Henri J.M. Nouwen)–missions that require an inner knowing that God will fully equip them for the good works they are called to do.
- Lives are being changed for the better as Brett fulfills her God-given calling.
- Lives are being changed for the better as she strives to achieve success:
“What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate the beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
- What steps can you take today to know your mission and fulfill the work God has given you to do?
- What steps can you take today to achieve success?