Why are we here? On Earth, the Universe, at this time in history?
I've been thinking and talking with our staff lately about purpose as we've been reading through The Purpose Driven Life together. It's translated and published in Mongolian.
Every Monday morning we're reading through one day of the 40 day plan. Its going to take more than a 'month of Sundays' to get through. But its worth it.
Its a little like having a mega-pastor show up to your morning staff meeting to share a message not once, but 40 times in a row! Perfectly planned, published and respected throughout the Christian world, that Rick's not here in person makes crowd control easier.
So we're giving each person a chance to ask the questions at the end of the chapters, and to take turns sharing a personal purpose statement. What's yours?
My newly minted mission might qualify as rhythmic poetry, if not iambic pentameter:
"Man on a mission from God for what’s good and right,
through dark nights with the warmth and speed of light."
The Holy Spirit is the only one who can power and fire the light. I am just a vessel, the bulb, and without Him, a little dim. Renee may attest to the speed of light part, except perhaps when I'm holding down the couch! I mainly include my mission statement here to help you think about yours. And to see if anyone still reads this blog. Let me know if you do, and whether I was right about iambic pentameter if you know.
What is your purpose?
The purpose of the project center I manage is, as part of CAMA Services International Mongolian NGO, "a Christian NGO that exists to equip and enable Mongolians to organize communities that will improve their quality of living, transform and develop society. To fulfill this purpose, we will work closely with and partner with Government Agencies, Faith Communities, and other NGOs."
Our vision is to see poverty eliminated in Mongolia. Through our Wealth Development Project we organize people into saving groups and train them how to handle finances.
Our vision is to improve life quality. Through our Family Counseling services, we offer healing to families who are considering divorce or battling other relationship problems.
Our vision is for a healthy Mongolia. We offer health teaching and Celebrate Recovery to address people's chemical addiction and healing for all other 'hurts, habits, and hangups'.
What are we doing here? We were put on earth to bring Glory to our Creator, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By receiving His grace and freedom from sin, he puts in us the desire to serve him and help others understand that there is hope. When trapped people find that freedom, "the angels rejoice in heaven", God is pleased and so are we.
In the words of Esther, one of the greatest hero books of the Bible. A princess, she was brought to a position of privilege and influence for a purpose of saving her people.
"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"