In the military, the mission determines a unit's or person's priorities and activities. The mission defines what one must do to succeed. I wanted to succeed in life. I took Dr. Covey's advice and developed a personal mission statement. Since then, I have been a man with a mission.
This is my mission. The core elements have been in place since I first wrote them, adding grand children when my oldest grandchild was born and the one about maintaining my health after I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
To love God with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength.
To worship God alone, and, by the power of His Holy Spirit, to grow into the likeness of Christ.
To live a life that exemplifies the values of Christ, a life of honesty and integrity before God and men.
To always do what is just and right.
To love my wife and children unconditionally and to demonstrate that love daily by my actions.
To assist my children’s and grand-children’s growth to become responsible and productive adult members of society.
To be a true friend to my friends.
To know and be worthy of the love and respect of family and friends alike.
To provide for my family by honest work; to know the joy of labor and to enjoy the fruits thereof.
To maintain and improve my health and physical condition to the maximum extent possible.
To delight in learning; to attain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
To delight and give God thanks for the good life He has given me.
And finally, when it's all over and I rest again in the arms of my Heavenly Father, to do so secure in the knowledge that I used every gift and opportunity He gave me to its fullest.
That is my mission. What is yours?
Do you have one?