The closer we get to see God fulfill the dreams He’s placed in our heart—the more we need to create a missions statement to stay “on mission.”
As you are growing into your dreams, memorize this verse below. When I started seriously pursuing my dreams of getting my first book traditionally published in 2007, I wrote it down and hung it on my wall for years. I hope it helps:
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27, NLT).
Another quote that really impacted me recently said, “you can only lead others where you yourself are prepared to go (or have already been).” And I love this quote from Georgia Shaffer. She says, “As we realize our dreams, we never stop growing.”
According to Andy & Janine Mason, there are two price tags to staying “on mission” with your dream.
- What it costs you personally
- What it costs others if you don’t listen and obey what the Lord is telling you to do!
It’s important to realize that our God-sized calling is not just for us, but for the welfare of others. This is just a few of many reasons why it’s important to stay on mission. Listen to today’s podcast, and read the prompt below to craft your own missions statement!!
As a Dream Coach and #DreamDefender, it is my honor to help clients pursue their dreams.
Crafting a missions statement is one of the most important tools for a dreamer. I wrote my first missions statement in 2004 when I discovered that God did not want me to become a high school math teacher, but a writer instead.
My writing has become a single resolution, both fro mGod and of the desires of my heart. To further develop my writing into becoming a prophecy to an unbeliever, causing him or her to fall down on their face and worship God (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).
This simple statement helped me stay the course when I thought it was nearly impossible. It also helped me when I gave up, and when I came back to it years later.
I wanted to share an exercise I learned from Light University where I got my Advanced Certificate in Christian Life Coaching.
Please use the four-step exercise below to craft your own missions statement. Download the free printable here.
- One-three sentences maximum. (Succinct and Concise)
- Includes your goals, skills, or values
- Adjectives that convey you are unique!
- The what and why (What makes you unique and why?)
After crafting your missions statement, I encourage you to go one step further. Write, print and/or frame your missions statement, and place it in your planner (like me) or in your office (I used to have mine framed). If you’re not good at graphic design, try using Canva or hiring a graphic designer.