About ten years ago I started working on my personal mission statement. I started to think about what I wanted people to think or say about me. I thought about what my priorities should be. I began to pray about who God wanted me to be. After many drafts and prayers I settled on this:
Growing in Faith, Character and Leadership: A man devoted to improving his personal relationship with God through consistent prayer and study. A faithful, loving husband. A leader in the community, the church and workplace. A man of good character and integrity. A life long learner. A servant to God and other people. A loyal, caring friend and confidant. A positive proactive person that is willing to learn and grow. A man concerned about having a heart more like Jesus. A life that reflects the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control. A man above reproach, who is respectable, hospitable, sincere and honest. A good steward of what God has entrusted him. A mentor and a protege. A teacher and a student. An encourager and a builder. A speaker and a writer. Dependant on God, inspired to serve, devoted to glorifying Jesus Christ.
I try to read through this regularly to remind myself of who I am and why I am here. If you have not done this type of thing I would recommend you start. A great way to get started is to write down what you would Want people to say about you at your funeral. What would your spouse say? What would your children say? What would your co-workers say? Have fun