December 29, 2010

“He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” – 1 John 5:12

Have you ever taken time to pause in the rat race of life and figure out what it’s all for? ¬†Money, success, security — sure, these things are fine; but is that really all there is to it? At the end of our lives, will that really be enough?

Companies, organizations, and even sports teams often have a purpose or mission statement guiding their decisions. Putting on paper the big picture vision, impact, and purpose is often one of the first things emerging organizations do. Why? Because it directs everything else. It’s similar to a compass in that all the actions, decisions, products, marketing campaigns, and even philanthropic activities should align with that core message. It keeps the organization moving in the right direction.

Take Coca-Cola for example. Their mission statement is three-fold: “To refresh the world, to inspire moments of optimism, and to create value and make a difference.” What about global giant Nike? “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete around the world.” Purpose statements certainly don’t guarantee success, but with so many opportunities, challenges, and distractions, it certainly can help keep a company (and an individual) focused on where they want to go.

Do you have a purpose statement for your life? What are your big goals in life? Where do you want to be heading? A man once told me his purpose statement was to “Get all you can; can all you get; and sit on the can!” Well, to each his own – but I hope that when you sit down to develop your purpose statement, there will be more to it than that.

Unsure where to start?

Here’s a hint. Don’t be shortsighted, by only focusing on this temporary life. Keep eternity in mind.

God created us all for a purpose. And the more you walk with God in faith, spend time with Him in His Word, and get to know the person of Jesus Christ, the more clear your purpose will become.

Don’t wait until the end of your life to wonder, what was it all for? Ask God to help you write your life’s purpose statement. Don’t allow the business of this life to distract you from where you’re going and why. God has so much more for you than simply racing through life, but going nowhere fast.

Stop for a second. Look to God in Christ and discover the purpose of your life.


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