Mission statements are meant to state the purpose of a company or organization. The statement spells out overall goals and provides the framework for which strategies are formulated. A strong mission statement should declare a central purpose to help organizations know what they stand for and define their unique goals.
Like these organizations, we, too, must have a specific mission.
God has given us life for a reason. We are not just aimlessly wandering through our lives. No, there is a plan for each of us – if only we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and listen.
According to John Henry Newman — a convert to the Catholic faith in 1845 who was ordained to the priesthood the following year and awarded a place in the College of Cardinals by Pope Leo XIII — we all have a unique purpose shared by no other.
“God has created me to do some special service,” Newman wrote. “God has committed some work to me, which has not been committed to another. I have a mission.”
As stewards, we all need to ask ourselves what our special mission is and, after prayerfully considering it, courageously embark upon God’s call to do what we were created to do.