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Aspirations for 2017

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I always thought mission statements were for those who had important jobs or were in some kind of leadership. I began last year with reading Tim Challies book “Do More Better.” It is a great resource, especially for those who want to become more electronically savvy. While I tried that aspect of the book, I found I loved my paper system and just couldn’t give it up. What did work for me in his book was the writing out of mission statements for the different aspects of my life. He showed me that mission statements are for anyone. I keep them before me in my calendar along with Challies’ definition of productivity:

Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.

Here are my updated mission statements for 2017:

Personal

I aspire to grow in my knowledge of God through the study of His word, to continue my studies in biblical counseling, to choose healthy living as I care for the body He has given me and to write for His glory by encouraging others and to make Him known.

Family

I aspire to love my husband by making our home a place of peace and security where he can find rest and be restored from a hard day at work and where we can serve one another and others in love.

Work

I aspire to do my work as unto the Lord and to gain more knowledge in areas in which I need growth.

Ministry

I aspire to encourage women to read and study God’s word, to be involved in each other’s lives and to build into another younger woman’s life.

I chose the word “aspire” because it means to direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something.

These are my hopes and ambitions for 2017. Writing them out is a form of accountability for me. Reviewing them each month helps me to see where I need to put more of my attention. If you have never tried writing out a mission statement I encourage you to give it a try. It seemed silly to me at first, as it may seem to you, but it has proven to be a helpful gauge in life management and living for God’s glory.