Purpose, Mission and Vision

On August 20 2019 I walked towards the door of a church to go to a kind of a bible study where I would
see my best friend, Erica, for the last time before she went to a college in Florida. Eric was teaching
the lesson that night and she was talking about being grateful for the season of life God has placed you
in. She said something like “I wish I was more grateful when I was in high school because now when I
am in college, I will not be able to read to my siblings or visit with my mom.” 
That really got me thinking. What have I missed out on? What am I doing with my life? I haven't done
anything terribly significant in the last four or so years of my life. Did I just waste it? What can I do now
to get where I want to be in the next few years? Better yet, where do I want to be in the next few years?
When I thought of that, the answer was, “I don’t know.” When I got home that night I grabbed a piece of
paper and attempted to plan out my life for the next four years. I made a large three by four grid on a
piece of paper and label the four columns on top, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Then I labeled each of
the rows, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Next I wrote out what I would do in each of the boxes and… I got
as far as 2021 and went to bed. Soon I completely forgot about it and went about my life as normal. 
Two Sundays ago, I was at youth with my church and after the main lesson, we broke off into small
groups where we could discuss what we learned. I don’t even remember what the main lesson was
about but something in the small group that made me stop and think. Someone said “You don’t need
to worry about what you are going to do for college because God’s got this. You only need to ask him
for guidance.” and when I heard that I was like, “She’s right I don’t have to live life on my own. I can
seek God’s guidance and I can then be sure that I am doing the right thing.” 
Where am I going with this? Well, I want to show you that if you are unintentional with your life,  and
you are just living to live and you have no direction or destination for your life then at some point you
will wonder "What am I doing with my life? Why am I living?” That is not a fun feeling. Believe me,
not fun. 
This is why you need to know the purpose, mission and vision for your life. 
One of my new favorite books, Three Big Questions That Everyone Asks Sooner or Later By Dave Phillips 
is a really good book that addresses this in a way that is very easy to understand. I highly recommend it.
As I was going through that book and doing the exercises I was really taken back at how important it is to
know what your purpose is. (I could go into detail about the mission and vision but I don't think I could
explain it as well as Dave does.)
My point is, you need to find your purpose for living. You need to have something you are excited about
when you get up in the morning. Your purpose is like an outline for your life.
When I write a book I make a rough outline of what is going to happen in each scene or chapter that way,
I am not just writing random scenes that don't contribute to the plot or that are there just so my characters
have something to do. An outline is like a roadmap for the novel just like a life purpose is a roadmap for
your life. With your purpose mission and vision, you can check yourself to make sure what you are doing
is something that lines up with your passions, values, and purpose. To make sure you are doing what you
are doing not just to do it but to make you feel fulfilled.
My final statement, You need a purpose mission and vision for your life. But you can not discover any
of that without God.
So, find your reason for living and go change the world.