Why Your Mission Will Change Your Life

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. – Mahatma Gandhi

What is your mission? What has God called you to do on his behalf during your life?

Because whatever it is, if you have faith in your mission, you can change the world.

When I think about all of the missions I’ve set for myself in life, I realize it’s the Jesus mission that gives me determination and unquenchable faith.

I’ll spare you the details but I’ve set missions for myself to be everything from a poet to a millionaire. (Yes, a poet!) To be honest, I was never passionate about any of the missions I gave myself.

Since becoming a Christ-follower, that’s all changed.

I know my mission: It’s to help people start new things for the Kingdom. This mission has provided me clarity and focus as never before. My mission is part of something larger that God is doing in the world. I am one of a growing number of determined people with an unquenchable faith to catalyze new churches throughout the world.

That’s the other benefit to having an unquenchable faith in your mission: You might just change the world!

Gandhi
Gandhi

I mean who doesn’t want their life to matter? Who doesn’t want their life to count? Because I have a mission I wake up every day truly believing that I am making the world a better place.

Having a mission that you’re passionate will help you live a fulfilling life!  

Whatever your mission, are you determined to see it out? Do you have faith in the mission?

One thing about your mission: You can’t give it to yourself. Someone has to give it to you. Soldiers don’t create their own mission. Generals give it to them. James Bond didn’t create his own missions; His Majesty’s government did.

You’re no exception.

In my opinion, the only one who can give you a mission worth giving your life to is God. The mission he has for your life is the one that’s going to sustain you. His is the only mission that is going to inspire deep in our hearts.

If you can’t articulate your mission, then may I urge you to spend some time hearing from God so you can know it.

I am inspired by the first 12 followers of Jesus. These were common folk who weren’t expecting to live determined and faithful lives. Then Jesus came along and gave them a mission and changed everything.

Gandhi is right. Determination and faith will change the world.

 

Consistency Will Help You Do Your Thing

If we’re going to start new things for the Kingdom, then we must be consistent.

Yet, so many leaders I know admit they struggle in this area. What gives?

I struggle with consistency. I can be moving along, getting things do and completing projects and then WHAM. I hit a day or two where I can get nothing done.

Why is it so hard for some of us to remain consistent in our endeavors. What’s with consistency and why don’t we have more of it?

Let’s define our term: Consistency is a steadfastness to a course or behavior.

So the trick to being more consistent is to be steadfast in your course of actions. Easy, right. Not so much. Be honest, it’s really hard to be consistent. And I don’t know if I like consistency as a virtue. I am not asking you to be a consistent person because that could get boring.

Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues… I’m someone who changes his mind all the time.
Malcom Gladwell.

The kind of consistency I am talking about is finishing your projects; getting things done. Let’s call it the simple version of consistency.

What did Jesus say about consistency? Not much I am afraid.

But good news – Paul did!

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor, 15:58).

  • Paul says that you must invest yourself fully in your Kingdom work. What’s it look like to fully invest yourself in this way?
  • Paul says that you should be assured your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Why are you so quick to believe you labor in vain?

I think Paul is trying to tell us that to be fully invested and labor for the Kingdom is a good thing, don’t you?

So how do we become more consistent?

  • Determine you will do it. This means it needs to be a worthy endeavor.
  • Build your willpower. This means you will need to develop specific tricks and triggers to help you stay motivated.
  • Set specific goal or goals. You can’t achieve what you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve. (Read that sentence again – it makes sense.)
  • Make a plan that will achieve your goals. Be both honest and thorough about your plan.
  • Ask for accountability. Maybe this is a friend or colleague that you can ask to help you stay accountable to your goal.

I’d welcome any ideas or insights you’d like to share about consistency.

I also wrote about CONSISTENCY HERE.

The Difference Between Strategy and Tactics

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” —Sun Tsu, Ancient Chinese Military strategist

It is helpful for church planters to understand the difference between strategy and tactics.

They are often confused.

I am a military history buff and after serving in the regular Army I have learned the difference between strategy and tactics.

(And please note, I am not an advocate of militaristic language when it comes to Kingdom work. I simply want to illustrate this point because I think it can help you plant reproducing churches.)strategy_tactics

• Strategy is how you’re going to win the war. It involves all of the plans, operational maneuvering, activities, and objectives you need to win the war.
• Tactics are how you’re going to win the battle that will win the war.

Battles win wars.

But fighting a battle without a strategy will just lead to carnage. You might win a battle or two, but you will lose the war.

You need both. You cannot have one without the other.

Understanding the difference should help you achieve your goals.

I hope this helps.

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And thanks for reading.

My Interview with Son of a Church Planter

Last week I was in Columbus, Ohio hanging out with church leaders and church planters. We were talking about starting new networks of churches in the region. I am really excited about what’s going on in Columbus as more and more leaders are asking themselves, what’s it going to take to see movements of reproducing churches in our city. I can’t wait to see.

During my visit, I was interviewed for the podcast, Son of a Church Planter. My friend Brandon Cruise talks to church planters and leaders. Brandon keeps it real in every interview. Here’s the one he did with me.

What is the Cost of Our Lives Making a Difference?

At least one reason for trying to live lives that make a difference is that by so living, we hope we will not be forgotten by those who benefit from our trying to make a difference. Yet to try to insure we will not be forgotten too often results in desperate manipulative strategies that are doomed to fail. – Stanley Hauerwas

We all want to make a difference in the lives of others. (Well, at least I think so.)

But at what price? Have we been careful to avoid manipulation? Are our motives pure?

I have nothing to say about this other than Hauerwas points out something that I think lurks in each of us. Best to be honest and get it into the open.

What about you? What feedback do you have about this quote?