In some class during some semester of undergrad I was forced to write something called a mission statement. At the time it seemed pretty daunting to me. How do I put pen to paper and write why I am here on earth and how I plan to fulfill my calling?
This is one moment in college I can look back on and remember feeling God mold my thoughts of the woman I pray to become day by day. An “Ebenezer” of my time spent at the University of Tennessee that I won’t soon forget. So sitting on the floor of my little “college town apartment” with a cup of hot tea in my hand, I stared at a blinking cursor in Microsoft Word.
I wrestled with it for a while until I took a second to remember that I am a girl full of dreams. Full of quotes by my favorite pastors, teachers and great people. And so I started compiling some of the most compelling words I had ever heard spoken into the statement that I believe is my mission statement.
If you know me well, you know my favorite hobby is long distance running. It is my get-away, escape, favorite form of therapy and time with Jesus. It renews me and makes me feel good about myself. So naturally when I put pen to paper to write a mission statement, the analogies that came to mind related back to what I love most.
And before I give you the novel version … the Spark note version is the following statement:
“I want to leave others better than I found them.”
That’s it. That’s why I’m here. I want others to know and love Jesus more fully as a result of their friendship with me. Below is the longer version of my personal mission statement. I share it with the hope that it encourages you to write one of your own. Enjoy!
I will run my race. I will run intentionally, always reaching for the next finish line – careful to always give the glory to Jesus. I will run boldly, pursuing and striving for more than mediocrity in every area of life. I won’t bow down when the hills and mountains try to make me feel inferior. Great runners never came about by walking hills. So I will choose to run mine. However, I will run with a humble attitude knowing that I won’t reach the crest without my Savior. I will run my race consistently. Even when I hit the toughest of hills and my faith is tested, I want my convictions, beliefs and morals to stand tall like a runner crossing the finish line of Boston. I pray to accomplish the big things as if they are small things because I am doing them in His power. And I hope to accomplish the small things as if they are big things because I am doing them in His name. I will run my race with the best and surround myself with the best runners possible. I will run a healthy race and be an example of diligence and self-control to people around me to lead, influence and empower others to believe they can do it too. I will run patiently in times of waiting, believing and knowing that my world lies in the hands of the Creator of the Universe. I will run compassionately and lovingly, always striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus to every other runner surrounding me. And in the valleys, mountain tops, personal records and disappointments I will run to mirror the purpose and personality of Jesus. Always. And I will wake up each morning, never forgetting why I laced up my shoes in the first place.