Last week I was cleaning out our messy office, when I stumbled upon an old journal of Ryan’s. I opened it up and began reading his thoughts… “Goal, Plan, Action, Consistency” were artistically drawn in large letters on the first page. I flipped over to the next page, it read, “Principle Centered Life – Mission Statement.” I pictured my sweet husband’s dedication and commitment to living a successful life. I imagined his kind, strong voice reading aloud…
“When facing the decisions that present themselves every day, I will make a choice, to the best of my understanding, based solely on the following principles I have found to be true in my life…
- God knows more than man.
- Choose that which is wholesome, uplifting, good or true.
- Avoid that which is evil, false, or unclean.
- Humble prayer is the gate of all answers I seek.”
As I stared down at Ryan’s writing, my heart swelled with love for him and tears trickled down my cheeks. His words penetrated my soul and I wanted nothing more than to follow his example and live a better life.
Several days later I was telling a friend about my experience finding and reading Ryan’s mission statement. Kristin sweetly suggested, “You should write a mission statement for yourself!”
What an AWESOME idea!? I was kind of jealous that she had thought of the idea first, why hadn’t I thought of something so fabulous? After talking to Kristin about writing my own mission statement I started thinking…what if we all wrote mission statements for ourselves?! So here’s my challenge… let’s all determine what our mission is. Here’s some ideas to get you thinking.
Who am I? What do I want to become? How am I going to get there? What can I do better?
These are just some of the questions I asked myself and after some reflection this is what I determined is my mission…
I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and friend. Every day I will strive to live, love, and grow through doing what I know to be true. I will teach my daughter and others by example, that life is to be enjoyed and that by doing what I know to be true, I can have a truly joyful life.
- Serving others, especially my family, brings true happiness.
- Being honest to God, myself, and others determines my virtue.
- Witnessing the divine nature in others brings me closer to God and Christ.
- Never doubting that which is good, will allow me to seek after the things of light and love.
- Never ceasing to hope and have faith will strengthen my testimony in God’s plan for me.
I am strong and capable of doing hard things. I will do my best every day, in the best way I know how, and by so doing will one day be able to return to my true home with those whom I hold dear.
I hope each of you can take the opportunity to write your own mission statement. As I was writing mine, I felt empowered and strengthened. It was a cool way to evaluate the things in life that are more important to me. I don’t know many people who take the time to write a mission statement for themselves, but I’m so glad Ryan was one of those people. I’m so very blessed to call him my husband and I feel privileged that he is mine to keep for eternity…I’m one lucky woman.