Am I the only one who gets excited about doing lots of different cool things, but gets so excited that nothing actually gets done? I had a long conversation about this very thing over tea one day with a friend. I realized that I'm not the only one out here on the struggle bus (praise the Lord!).
As we discussed my dreams and passions, she asked..." if you died today what would your tombstone say?... like what do you want people to remember you for?". My first thought was ...well that was a little morbid, but I went with it.
How do I want to be remembered? What have I done with my life that will leave a legacy and positively impact hearts?
In order to leave a legacy I had to figure out who I am currently and who I want to become. Soo.... I created a personal mission statement. Before I tell you what it is, don't judge me. Give me grace on this, I'm a work in progress and I won't always get it right, but I'm trying out here.
" I believe in living an honorable and sincere life in this fallen/ imperfect world. I will not my circumstances determine how my days on Earth are spent. That's my choice...stay the same or grow. I admit that I am not omnipotent , but God is. I'm not perfect, I need help sometimes...I don't have all the answers and that's okay.
I will hold myself to a high standard, but I will give myself grace to evolve and re-emerge perpetually. When others see me they will know something is different, they will see servant-hood, tenacity and a warrior's heart. They will feel honored and loved.
And finally, I will live audaciously yet observant. Living generously and loving fiercely. Fearlessly; because my identity is rooted in Christ. I accept and will allow myself to be pruned everyday as I become more of my true self. "
Deep right???? LOL! It seems complex, but it's so simple. Here's the tombstone version:
- Be open to change, be open to grow.
- Honor people, respect people.
- Love yourself, forgive yourself.
- Let God do God.