1401 Charlestown Road
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800.432.8322 | 610.935.0450
1401 Charlestown Road | Phoenixville, PA 19460 | 610.935.0450
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"The greatest sin of the church today is not any sin of commission or sin of omission, but the sin of 'no mission.'"
Have you ever thought about preparing a personal mission statement? We often hear about the importance of a mission statement for organizations. But today I would like you to think about doing it for you.
You may wonder why this subject is important to me. The older I get the more conscious I am with the precious commodity of time. I once heard of a crane operator who worked for 37 years on that huge crane and on the day of his retirement he decided to bring his alarm clock to work. As the day ended, he placed the clock that awakened him for 37 years below that crane and he smashed it with its full weight. But even for him, time did not stop.
As the years go by, we all know time seems to pick up speed. On a college campus we welcome new students and before we know it we are preparing for their graduation. Just yesterday our sons were learning to ride their bikes or was it drive their cars and now they are nearing 40 years old.
When I was young I viewed time much differently that I do today. If I have a $20 bill in my pocket and I stop at Petrucci's for ice cream, I may not think about my order as much as when I only have a single dollar. If we have a limitless supply of anything we use it differently.
For me, time has always been precious but today it is more precious than ever. Bill Pierce's comment means more to me now than ever, "For years and years I climbed the ladder rung by rung only to find out when I finally reached the top it was leaning against the wrong wall."
Years ago I was part of a team working on an institutional mission statement and the consultant who was assisting us, Dr. Dean Hubbard, asked me, "Have you ever considered writing a personal mission statement?" That question started me on a journey that literally has transformed my life.
In Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People habit number two says, "Begin with the End in Mind." Where would you like to be or what would you like to do or become in one year or five or ten or twenty years or at the end of your life? As someone said, "If you aim at nothing, you will likely hit it."
No one wants to live with the regret of even one squandered opportunity. Here are four reasons why a mission statement will help reduce that anxiety.
The University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.
University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.