A few years ago, I sat down with Robert Clinton’s book: Strategic Concepts – strategies that clarify a focused life. And worked slowly through it, day-by-day, doing the activities and journaling through many of the questions. The end result was, among many other things, a statement which I have defined as my life purpose.
Over the years I have tweaked it and modified it. Here it is as it stands in July 2020:
‘To be a man after God’s own heart, then to lead, labour, inspire and encourage others to be the same”
Each phrase and word in this sentence is packed with meaning for me, but together it provides itself as a helpful tool I have repeatedly used to make decisions and determine the habits and relationships I have engaged with.
I endeavour to be a man after God’s own heart, through a:
- Dynamic relationship with Him (Gal 5:25)
- Lifestyle and attitude of unconditional obedience and worship (Rom 12:1)
- Posture of receptivity and learning (1 Peter 5:5)
I endeavour to lead, labour, inspire and encourage others to be the same, through:
- My life’s example (1 Cor 11:1)
- The various offices of my life (e.g. disciple, husband, mentor, member of St. Christophers, Trial Coordinator for CRUK, friend etc)
- A wise stewardship of the gifts I have received (including teaching, preaching, encouraging, serving and energy) 1 Tim 4:14, Rom 12:6-9, Col 1:28-29
- The various postures of encouragement (vulnerability 2 Cor 12, servanthood John 13, Phil 2, and prayer 2 Tim 1:3)
- A resolved and deliberate attitude towards the Church
- An enjoyment of friendship and love
This is my life’s purpose. What’s yours?