Some years ago, I wrote a mission statement for mysef – then put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Having recently attended a 7 habits course, I have developed a new interest in the idea of seeking God and reflecting on my life so I can develop a better idea of the purpose of my life. It will be interesting to see if a new mission statement emerges from this process. In the mean time, here is my original mission statement. Clearly, it needs a lot of work.
With God’s help:
To invest myself first and foremost in my wife and children and children’s children. Then to friends, my church, my colleagues. To value all people, regardless of their social standing – especially those who are least valued and most unwanted. To offer kindness and to practice hospitality. To listen first, then to speak. To be truthful but also practice gentleness. To take the lead through supporting others. To teach through being teachable. To give comfort, encouragement and hope. To treat people with respect. To be diligent in work – a man of integrity and ability – always striving for excellence (but not too hard!). To be a good steward of: my body, mind and spirit; my time; my financial and material goods; and my talents – trusting God for my prosperity – enjoying the good things that God had given me – and sharing them with others.