The following is an active listening process which we develop some years ago to help us gain a clear sense of God’s purpose for our lives. I used it to write my own personal calling statement which I keep at the front of the journal I use when I go on retreat. It is a wonderful reminder of God’s priorities for my lives and helps me to set kingdom focused goals for the upcoming months.
Active Listening Process.
- Write down your earliest memories of a sense of the call of God on your life
- How has God been speaking to you through scripture – write down significant scriptures that give you a sense of God’s call on our life
- How has God been speaking to you through prayer – write down those things that you feel called to pray for on a regular basis
- How has God been speaking to you through the needs of others – Write down the areas of human need, suffering and pain that most make you want to respond
- How has God been speaking to you through community? – write down the ways that God has spoken to you through the advice & counsel of others
- Make a list of your own gifts & talents –
- physical or intellectual:
- In what ways have your educational opportunities helped to develop these gifts?
- How could these contribute to your sense of Christian calling:
- Write down your broken areas – God often uses our weaknesses to change the world
- What are your dreams & hopes for the future. Write these down – even our self centred dreams may hold elements of God’s purposes for our lives:
WRITING YOUR OWN MISSION STATEMENT
- Look back over all that you have written in the active listening process – prayerfully consider ways in which these could come together in a beginning mission statement that flows out of your sense of Biblical purpose.
- Incorporate scripture where possible or write the scripture that has inspired your mission statement beside your mission statement
- Make short, concise and easy enough to memorize
- Make inspirational – this statement is meant to fill you with enthusiasm for the future that God has planned for your life
- Examples of good mission statements –
- “To be a voice for the voiceless and bring glimpses of God’s shalom Kingdom into peoples’ lives” Prov 31:8,9“
- To be a mediator of reconciliation between God and people with broken hearts, bringing them to growth and maturity in Jesus Christ” Eph 4:11,12
- “To be an expression of God’s Jubilee in my community and throughout the world” Lev 26:10-13
- “To be an instrument of God’s healing bringing restoration to the land and to people’s lives” Is 58:6-9
Use your imagination & creativity to bring all the steps from the active listening process together in your own beginning mission statement:
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