how to find your mission in life

February 23, 2007

So this is not original, but comes from famous book “What Colour is Your Parachute” – Richard Bolles.

The final chapter is a spiritual perspective on finding your “mission” in life with an emphasis on Who provides the mission. Fascinating stuff. He presents the mission side of things in three stages which are really intriguing. So I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Your First Mission
Your first mission on earth is to “seek to stand, hour by hour, in the conscious presence of God, the One from whom your Mission is derived”

2. Your Second Mission
The second mission is “to do what you can, moment by moment, day by day and step by step, to make the world a better place, following the leading and guidance of God’s Spirit within you and around you”

3. Your Third Mission
a) To exercise the Talent which you particularly came to earth to use – your greatest gift, which you most delight to use
b) In the place(s) or setting(s) which God has caused to appeal to you the most
c) And for those purposes which God most needs to have done in the world.

The first two Missions are shared by everyone. Which means if you haven’t found the third mission yet, you still have something to get on with. No need to sit around twiddling your thumbs because we all have two missions to do without a lot of soul searching.

I like this theory and I’m going to give it a go. He also emphasises that there is an essential process of self examination that needs to be done before embarking on a career search.

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