Over the last several years, I have been investing a little time and energy in determining my life’s purpose, vision, and mission. I have also been developing a life philosophy, which is basically a collection of beliefs and thoughts that provide a framework for living. By continually improving your life philosophy, you become more and more effective in achieving your life mission, bringing about your life vision, and fulfilling your life’s purpose. Fair warning: This page will almost constantly change as my thoughts continue to evolve and as I continue to challenge and refine my beliefs.
My Life Purpose – As I have grown to understand it, my purpose in life is simply this: When our paths cross, we are both somehow better for the experience. It could be as simple as a shared smile, a laugh, or a quick conversation. It might also be as complex as a long, involved conversation. Regardless of the form or format, I realize I will always be growing at this, but that’s OK.
My Life Vision – My vision for my life is simply this: Each day I am granted in this life, I will strive to live out my faith and show people a good example of what it means to follow Jesus of Nazareth. Again, I know I’ll always be growing at this, but that’s OK. My salvation was an instantaneous event, but my sanctification (being made holy, in His likeness) is a daily process, as empowered and led by the Holy Spirit.
My Life Mission – My mission in my life mission is simply this: Each day, I will improve myself in some way. Contrary to what some people teach, I do not believe this means I am somehow defective. It DOES mean I believe it is my responsibility to continue to expand my potential and to grow fully into the man God made me to be. In other words, it is a process of removing artificial limits, a little bit at a time. Through this process of continual growth and improvement, I will be better empowered to live out my life vision and fulfill my life’s purpose.
My Life Philosophy – At this point in time, my life philosophy can best be summarized as:
There is a God, and I am not Him.
Jesus was a real human being for a specific time in human history, because He came to earth, both fully human and fully divine, so that He could pay the price of mankind’s sin, and make possible a restored relationship with our Father.
I choose to focus on God’s love for me rather than any wrath I fully deserve for my nearly constant rebellion against Him. But His grace and mercy continues to amaze me almost every day.
As important as my faith is to me, I will never shove it down anyone’s throat. I believe I can invest time in building a relationship with someone I care about, then answer their questions and help them explore the faith in a gentle and loving way.
An apple a day is easy. But it’s just as easy to skip the apple. Either way, the result is contained within the choice I make. I need to learn to choose the apple a day. (Hat tip to Jim Rohn)
Teddy Roosevelt was right…the critic who has never done anything doesn’t really deserve my energy and attention. I will eventually be able to live this idea out fully.
Nobody owes me anything. And I don’t owe anyone anything either. This means that an emotional connection or bond between us does not automatically obligate either of us to anything. (Hat tip to Howard Roark in The Fountainhead)
How about we both just live and let live? Wouldn’t that be a very pleasant change in the world?
I can vehemently disagree with you on an issue, even if I love you. In fact, as surprising as it might be to some people, I believe it is possible to love and respect someone and still disagree with them on a variety of issues. And it does not diminish either of us.
If I offend you somehow, just talk to me about it. I’m almost certain that my offending you will not somehow kill or injure you. But it WILL give us something to talk about. I might not apologize, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing why I won’t.