Friday, October 3, 2014

Mission, Strategies, Goals

If you have been around a successful business, you've probably heard these terms before - Mission, Strategies, Goals, Values. Almost all businesses have these statements...the successful ones use their Mission to provide clarity and direction for their entire organization. Not only that, but a really good Mission Statement becomes a filter for making decisions about goals, strategies, values, and the culture within that organization.

This got me thinking...what if people like you and me had a Mission Statement for our lives, something that would help us have clarity and direction for our entire existance? Something that would help us decide which "things" (strategies) to pursue, and which "things" not to pursue?

I think I just stumbled on a good starting point for this discussion...

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9)

Let's look at what this one verse says;
  1. You are chosen - God chose you and adopted you into His family...
  2. You are a priest - The main duties of priests in the O.T. was to offer up sacrifices to God, and so it is with us as we will soon see...
  3. You are a holy nation - As believers chosen by God, we have been adopted into His family and are "holy" - literally means "set apart" or "different."
  4. You are "God's special possession" - This is an AMAZING truth...that God has chosen us, made us to be priests, set us apart to be different, because we are His "special possession,"  
  5. Therefore, your mission: "to declare the praises of Him who called you..."
To Sum: you are set aside as a holy priest, chosen by God for a purpose...to "declare His praise."

And just in case you missed, let's put it another way;

Mission Statement: I exist to declare the praises of God.

Think about that for a moment...what if you and I really believed this? What if, to our core, we believed that the mission of the totality of our lives was to "declare God's praise?" If we were a business and really believed this, then the next step would be to establish some goals that would accomplish help us reach for that mission, and then we'd make sure our strategies were actually working to get us there. We would want to establish "Core Values" that would dictate the "culture" of our lives, all in order that our mission would be accomplished.

Hmmm...makes me wonder if my life is aligned for this mission? I'm tempted to keep going down this track in future posts...I've got some great strategic ideas here! But I think this is enough to chew on for now...

Here's the million dollar question - do you know what your mission is? Why you were created...more then created, why you were saved? What your purpose is in life? I think we can start by taking our cue from Peter.

More to come...

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