What is your mission statement?

Most organizations have a mission statement, something to tell the world why they exist.  It’s a hard exercise to create and distill into a single statement, but having a concise reason for being is critical to any organization.  Without a common understanding of mission, the actions can be inconsistent, scattered, and fail to deliver a consistent message.

What about the individual?  Without a mission in our own lives our actions can be inconsistent, scattered, and fail to deliver a consistent message.  Do all of your actions and statements accurately express what you are about?  Are you consistent, even in different audiences?  Defining our own personal mission statement is not easy, but it is a wonderful tool to help us better understand who we are and what guides and motivates us.  It’s also a good tool to help us be true to ourselves.

George Eastman, the founder of modern film photography and a noteworthy philanthropist of the early 1900s, left behind this suicide note:  “To my friends, My work is done.  Why wait?”

Will your work ever be done?  I hope not.  A good mission has no end, even as individual goals are met.  The way we carry out our mission may change, our abilities may change, and certainly the world we live in will change.

As our work changes and goals are met, let us pray that we never consider our mission complete.

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