Get Clear on Your Life Mission Now or Regret It Later

We don’t like to think about it too often. But life is short. It couldn’t have been that long ago that my daughter’s tiny hand barely wrapped around my little finger as she looked up at me for the first time. Now she’s as tall as my wife.

“Breath’s a ware that will not keep,” said the poet, A.E. Housman. No doubt about it. If you don’t get clear on your life mission now, you’ll regret it later.

The good news is I know someone who modeled what it means to live with great clarity on his life mission – Jesus.

Here’s how he did it:

  • Jesus knew what his life mission was not. Do you know what isn’t your calling? Too many of us serve haphazardly, doing a little bit of good in a lot of directions, thereby diluting our impact.The power to say “No” is one of the greatest we have – and the most underutilized. Jesus himself had clarity: “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt.10:34) “I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matt. 5:17) Elsewhere he stated, frankly “My time has not yet come.” (John 2:4) He turned down calls for political involvement, not because he couldn’t speak truth into them – he made them after all – but because that was not his life mission.

Os Guinness made this observation in his classic book The Call:

Recognizing who we aren’t is only the first step toward knowing who we are. Escape from a false sense of life-purpose is only liberating if it leads to a true one.

  • Jesus knew what his life mission was. Even as a child he knew he was to be about his Father’s business. As a man, he spoke with the same clarity: “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world….” (John 18:37) “For this purpose I came to this hour….” (John 12:27) And who can forget his greatest statement of finality at the cross: “It is finished.” Imagine having that level of clarity about your life mission that you can know, with certainty — mission accomplished!

Are you clear on your life mission? Just how long were you planning on putting it off? Michael Hyatt’s resource is a good one to get started. Os Guiness’s book is another. You might want to consider enlisting a coach, either officially or unofficially to help you sort through your gifts, passions, and calling.

One thing is sure, if you don’t get clear on your life mission now, you will regret it later.

As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone. And its place remembers it no more. (Ps. 103:15)

Have you gotten clear on your life mission yet? What tools have you found helpful? Care to share your mission? Leave a comment by clicking here.

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About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers (Faithwalkers.com) where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on faith and cultural issues at Patheos and TheResurgent.com. He is the author of several books including A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life, What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative books including his latest with co-author Erick Erickson — You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (Regnery, February 22, 2016).
In addition to his own writing and speaking, Bill helps other people and organizations tell their own story in effective ways. He comes alongside authors as a collaborative writer, handcrafts engaging materials as a content creator, and creates an effective brand strategy as a platform developer with his team of creatives and digital technicians. (BillintheBlank.com)

  • daniel

    While I understand your problem here what bothers me is that you are so one sided in your discussion. There are numerous contemporary groups that have a great diversity in their music. I think that you have not heard of the new artists that have made this genre popular I would say you should go listen to David Crowded before you cast any judgement on any group.

    • Christopher Briggs

      Perhaps he doesn’t *want* to, nor should he. That is *my* problem – not that he doesn’t, but that thou presumest that he should! He has grown up in the Church, from my reading. He shouldn’t have to make way for something else. It is one thing to be open to those of you who like contemporary banality (subjective opinion, understood), and live and let live… another to say that we have to like your tastes!