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I never was inclined to write up a personal mission statement or philosophy of life; I knew some people find it helpful, but for some reason, I never thought I would. A few years ago, though, a friend invited me to join a group of writers and artists she knew in writing self-profiles for her blog. Among other things, she asked me to say a few words about my philosophy of art and life.
So I did. Here's what I came up with:
Speak the truths that need to be spoken. The challenge is in discerning what those truths are and how to speak them. But don’t shrink from the challenge: Ask God for the fortitude and the wisdom to take it on.
As it turned out, this process was a lot more helpful than I thought it would be. The words stuck in my head and helped me focus. Most of all, they applied general biblical principles to my specific calling as a writer.
So I'll invite you to try the same exercise. Got a personal mission statement or a philosophy of life to share? Here's your chance.
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Comment by jayme:
We had to do this for church a year ago. I came up with this: "To love Jesus and to help others do the same?."
Comment by Kelly1:
I don't have a mission statement per se, but I do have a very strong 'philosophy of life'. And that is:
Find joy in every moment, because all of this is fleeting.
(Guess I should have God in there somewhere, huh?)
Comment by Linae:
To know Christ and make Him known.
Comment by Heather:
As a high school teacher and coach, I like to pray this prayer: "Lord, lead me to meaningful conversations with those who are spiritually hungry." I think it speaks to my mission statement of being a light for Christ at school. Ideally, kids will notice the differences about my life, and someday they will ask me about it! Really, they already do ask me. I hope it can go deeper with some of them.
Comment by kaj:
I, too, don't have a mission statement, but once when I was painting a mural for a community service project, this philosophical insight hit me:
"Whatever I touch is no longer the same."
Comment by SarahJane:
I came up with this a few years ago - came from the heart - but still working it out practically...
Comment by Chris:
"Mission statements" are, IMHO, things written to make you feel like you're doing something. Remember, every minute spent writing a mission statement is a minute NOT spent accomplishing something.
Comment by AliceSmall:
Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.
Anything else is just a bunch of man made rules.
Jesus has no part time disciples:
Comment by Corwin:
Love God. Love Others.
Comment by SarahAnn:
I've actually just been thinking about this as an actress. What do I think God is calling me to do with the gifts he's given me as an actress? Don't have a personal philosophy or mission statement yet, but I want to work on it. I think it would definitely help guide my choices in the future.
Comment by SarahP:
My mission is to speak, write, and demonstrate beauty, goodness, and truth to a dark and dying world, and to help build organizations that do the same.
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