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~see you around the path

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Mission: “The task, together with the purpose, that clearly indicates the action to be taken, and the reason therefore,” as defined by the dictionary.

In other words, a personal mission statement encompasses passion and purpose. It defines your core principles and ideals for life. A personal mission statement takes time to develop–weeks, months, sometimes years.

Mission to some, is the same as purpose; however, there are differences. The mission is created with the end in mind–the big picture.  Whereas purpose is our reason for being on the mission. Purpose can change throughout the journey of life. Yet, with both together, they are like peas in a pod–producing healthy fare for life sustenance.

A personal mission statement can be crafted in many ways. For example, your mission statement may contain a couple of paragraphs, a few lines or be a list. Check out  this template that can help you get started writing yours.

I’m still working on mine. How about you?

If you have a personal mission statement, blog or insight on the subject, please comment and link, so together we can share in your experience.

Until later, see you around the path!

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river in gosse tete laWhat do you want to be when you grow up?

Remember asking yourself that question. When school was finished, you went on to pursue your “dream”. You may have become an architect, attorney, nurse or a professional clown. Yet, something is missing.

You can’t put your finger on it. Your life has all the trappings of success and happiness, but, you get up, go to work, plod through the day, go home, yada yada. You feel drained, or perhaps even cheated. Worse yet, you feel guilty for feeling unfulfilled. Unfounded guilt–life was designed with each individual and their happiness in mind.

Most people are stuck in life doing what they think they have too, because the alternative–true happiness–is seemingly impossible. After all, doing what we love means taking risks. Do you feel like stepping outside the norm is just too hard, or would cause too many waves?

There’s the money, the insurance and other peoples ideology for our life; all of which are controlled by others. Accountability is imperative in life; however, we should be making our choices in life on purpose.

My eye-opener came on a snowy morning at work when I learned a friend of mine died suddenly–alone–in his apartment from heart disease. He was only 52. A life of the party kind of guy, he loved life, or so it seemed. We talked about his work at a Fortune 500 company on occasion and he expressed: “it pays the bills”. I never got to talk to him, or see him alive again. Determined I would not end up going through the motions of life anymore, I set about to find my purpose.

A pastors wife and former business administrator, I asked myself some questions: Why am I here, and what am I supposed to be doing. The answers did not fall into my head and heart right away. It took some serious soul searching. Looking inward, and not outward to other sources (apart from Jesus). Happily married and serving alongside my husband in the ministry was great, but something was missing.

I first had to discover my passion–what really makes me tick. Once I found my passion, I could pursue my purpose through my passion.

My life was and continues to be centered around ministering–it is part of my passion. My spiritual life keeps me grounded and centered.

To find true passion, purpose and fulfillment, we must deal with our body, mind and spirit. By creating a balance, happiness is attainable.

Granted, it is not always easy. The road is up and down, but, staying the course to fulfill your purpose will lead you to the place of achieving your dream.

Share some of your challenges, dreams and journeys as it relates to discovering your purpose in the comments section. Let’s meander along life’s path together.

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America and the real Superpower

Life in America post 9/11 has brought about for most folks an acute awareness of real dangers lurking outside our doors. Before 9/11, living in America the “superpower” was, well – safe. Albeit headlines cried daily of slayings, dirty deeds and mayhem, it didn’t seem to touch us as much; mostly because it didn’t fall on our own front step. Events like the David Karesh tragedy, random milita killings, Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, gang violence, missing/abducted children and other similar occurences shook us for a season, then, it was life back to normal.

When media  and other moguls were arrested and sentenced to prison for “white collar” crimes they became a hotbed of intrigue, and once released were often elevated to the same, if not a loftier place than they once held in our publics eye. Is it a wonder that we as a nation were caught unawares when one of the most devestating plots against humankind was being contrived under our very noses.

With all the normalcy surrounding our current state of affairs, our past denial or indifference to slavery, the Holocaust and other crimes against humankind, could it be we are now facing yet another statagem designed as a “wag the dog” scenerio to confuse the public at large and tie our hands while quieting our voices.

We seek peace, but cannot find it. It is promised by those who lead us, just after this war or that war. Just over the next hill, next financial breakdown, rally. Just after we get our strength back – our troops back – our finances back, just after…

The Bible tells us that men’s hearts will fail them for fear (Luke 21:26), when speaking about the coming of the Son of man – Jesus Christ, Lord of all, of whom we have also denied as a nation. He promises peace, and His peace no man can give.

 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27 (KJV)

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind isenmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  Romans 8:6-9 (KJV)

 We have allowed every theory and religion known to be taught and promoted in our schools, communities, government centers and halls, yet in order to be politically correct, we have forsaken the foundation this great nation was set on. We deny our very cornerstone, both in the natural and spiritual.

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph 2:20-22 (KJV)

There are dangers outside our doors – let us not be caught unawares denying the power of God – the true “Superpower”

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In Tina Turner’s song ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It,’  the following lyrics could lead one to believe love is hopeless and not something that can be achieved; not only truly, but unconditionally.

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it, what’s love but a second hand emotion, what’s love got to do, got to do with it, who needs a heart when a heart can be broken.”

Further, in another verse , the line “what’s love but a sweet old fashion notion” might leave us with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads; dreaming of a perfect world where mom’s and dad’s love one another, a time when we all ate around a table and everthing was perfect.  Huh?

Today – reality is – many folks decide marriage is not something in their “plans” or “somewhere they would see themselves in five years.” Why? Is it because love is a “second hand emotion…”a sweet old fashion notion?” Perhaps.  After all, with loveless children, addicted parents, indifferent parents, single parents, a careless society and cold, pretenious churches, maybe, just maybe love is a “sweet old fashion notion.”

So what do we do, where do we turn? To God, whose Word [The Bible] says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)

 Some would say what’s God got to do with it – that is” just a sweet old fashion notion.” An old fashion notion many of us have only heard of in passing.

Why isn’t it true that if there was a God, with a big G, that we wouldn’t have all the ills of society? And why would He – God with a big G, give  His ONLY son to take on the ills or sins of the world so that we could have life everlasting. Why wouldn’t He do it Himself – if love was true?

Questions; broken hearts, homeless, hungry, abused and battered people. “What’s love got to do with it?”

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5; 14 (KJV)

 Love has everthing to do with it…Jesus is his name. The Son of God was God incarnate. He robed Himself in flesh, took leave of His throne in glory to identify with humankind, and be the sinless sacrifice for mankind; because He loved. He loved truly and unconditionally. He gave His life that we may have life everlasting. Moreover, that we would have life [here] and that much more abundant.

Jesus Christ is the answer to the question, What’s love got to do with it.

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