Finding One’s Mission in
The sense of meaning in life, which often involves a belief in a Higher Power, will also imply
a mission in life. What is it that we are here on earth to accomplish, or, in other words, why are we
find one’s individual mission involves the whole person – not just the mind and intellect, but also the will and
heart. It is also a spiritual pursuit including the wisdom of faith and religion. Ultimately, the search for our
life’s mission will lead us to God – the one who calls us to a vocation and has a destiny for us, as well as the
one who gives us enthusiasm – from the Greek “en theos”
or “God in us”.
Figuring out our mission is less a problem to be solved than a learning process, and as with
all learning, there are stages that need to be passed through. This process involves both learning and
mission can be seen in three aspects – the first two are shared with all humanity, the last one is
our mission is:
1. To seek to stand hour by hour in the conscious presence
of God, the One from whom our mission is derived.
In other words, to know God, enjoy him forever, and see his hand in all his works.
This is not just busyness with doing something, but rather being – being faithful sons and daughters of God –
the One from whom we came and to whom we shall return (cf. John 16:28).
our origin is from God, a relationship with the divine is a given. While on earth, however, we have lost memory
of our origin or destiny – in a sense, we are victims of amnesia. To seek after faith in this life is to try to
climb out of that amnesia in order to reclaim knowledge we once knew as
seek God in the physical realm is challenging in our amnesia, where the temptation is to just interpret life in
physical terms. In addition, our heart has a rebellious streak and delights in being our own god in the purely
physical sphere. This is the condition of “sin” which is difficult to relinquish.
Through God’s grace and with his help, we need to reach out beyond the physical to perceive a
spiritual interpretation of our life – to detect within the material a Spirit and a Person who is with us –
the real and loving Presence of the great Creator. It is in God, not in our own being, that our specialness and
uniqueness lies. Once we have discovered God in this life, we can go on with the other parts of our
2. To do what we can at all times, following the guidance of
the divine Spirit within and around us, to make this world a better place.
we may have expected this mission to be something grand – a mountaintop experience – we find ourselves in a
valley and even in fog. Our mission becomes taking one step at a time in faith and trust of God’s leading, even
if we don’t see the overall plan or outcome.
of us are here to bring more gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, and love into the world. Our step-by-step mission
is to every time, in every decision, in every encounter with another person, choose the path that will
accomplish this. We need to learn to be faithful in our small tasks in the valley before we’ll be entrusted a
larger mission close to the mountain top.
valley is not just a training camp – its ultimate goal is to make the earth like heaven and human life more like
God’s. This is happening little by little – through small acts of kindness by many
3. To exercise the God-given gifts and talents that give us
a delight to use in places and settings that appeal to us for the purposes that God needs to have done in the
Free will is involved in discerning and putting in practice this
individual mission. Our gifts are discernable from what we are good at and what we enjoy doing – it has
already been revealed to each of us in this manner. Career counselling can help guide a person along the
right path here.
place God calls us to is at the intersection of what gives us deep gladness and where the world’s deep hunger
meet. It will be a mission of love acted out in one or more of the following arenas: mind in order to bring more truth into the world; heart in order to bring more love and beauty into the
world; or will in order to bring more perfection into the world through service.
We can be confident that we are here for a reason and will remain until God decides
that we have accomplished our mission. Therefore, we need not be overly concerned about life or death as long as we
are doing what we came to do.
results of our efforts, accomplished with the help of the Holy Spirit working in us, may not be obvious in our
lifetime, but will ultimately become known to us.
Reference: Richard N. Bolles,
How to Find Your Mission in
Life, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, 2000.
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