Are You a Man On a Mission? (The Brother’s Keeper #56)

Dear Y.B.M.,

I hope that you are on the path to pursuing your life’s purpose by investing in and living out the gift that God has given you.

So far, we have been using the word “purpose” to denote the overall goal of your life, your reason for living. Now, I want to introduce a new word to help you get ahold of this concept even better. That word is the word “mission.” Business experts often advise that companies differentiate between their purpose and their mission. They say the purpose is why the company exists, and the mission is what the company does to carry out the why of the company. This principle applies to your personal life as well.

In 1955, when Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, labor relations expert Van Arsdale France was tasked with inspiring the theme park’s employees to work on behalf of the company’s purpose. Yes, even a theme park has a purpose. The theme of Disneyland was “to create happiness.” France told workers, “You may park cars, clean up the place, sweep the place, work graveyard, and everything else, but whatever you do is contributing to creating happiness for others.” That is the difference between a purpose and a mission.

Your purpose is the theme of your life, but your mission is how you will carry it out. It is similar to the difference between a dream and a goal. A dream is nothing if you don’t have goals to bring that dream about. A purpose is nothing if you don’t do anything to fulfill it.

Once you have figured out your purpose, your gift, your talent, or the theme of your life, don’t sit on it. Start working in service of that gift. In a parable, Jesus described three men who had been given “talents” by a businessman. Two of those men went and invested their talents and began to get a return on their investment. The third man, however, buried his talent. He didn’t do anything with it. When the businessman came back expecting profits from all three of these men, he called the third man a “wicked and slothful servant”, took his talent away, and said, “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The long and short of this story is that God expects us to do something with the gifts and talents he has given us.

No matter where you are in life or how much money or recognition you have or don’t have, there is always a way to start doing something to fulfill your purpose. This is truer than ever with the accessibility and opportunities that the internet provides today. There is no excuse for not doing what you are called to do.

And don’t be afraid to start small. Every tall tree grew from a single seed. All great things had small beginnings. This is why the Bible says in Zechariah 4:10, “For who hath despised the day of small things?”

Right now, write down three specific things that you can do to start fulfilling your purpose.

A man on a mission,

Daniel Whyte III

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

John F. Kennedy said, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

Socrates said, “If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.”

Helen Keller said, “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

Zig Ziglar said, “Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.”

W. Clement Stone said, “When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”


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