We have heard of the importance of life having missions or purposes. But how would we know what they are?
First, our mission is to know the One who gave us the urge to find a mission. In other words, know God. We came from Him and shall return to Him. During our short time here, our foremost mission is to know our Father in heaven and enjoy Him.
Second, our mission is to make this world a better place—make earth more like heaven. Life is foggy. We can only see the path or the fork right in front of us. At every fork, try to trust God and follow His guidance. Try to take the one that will bring more gratitude, justice, kindness, forgiveness, love, and courage into the world.
Try to take the right path not just on big things, but on little things also. If we are not faithful in handling small things, why would we be able to handle larger ones?
Third, our mission is to spend time in areas that (a) we could exercise our greatest talent (the talents we are most delighted to use), (b) are most appealing to us, and (c) are most needed by the world. They should be where our deepest gladness meets the world’s deepest hunger. Try to find them by identifying, classifying, and prioritizing our talents and skills. They should be written in our hearts, in our DNA. God loves us. He would help us.
Do not think too much. Accept that we will be wrong and keep adjusting as we go.
Also, do not worry or be anxious. We may think that our life has no purpose, or we have done nothing meaningful. But we will not know the effect of what we have done, till the day we see Him. If we think we have accomplished something meaningful, thank God for His guidance and help.
To summarize, our missions are to know God, make the world a better place to live, and use our talents to happily meet the world’s needs.
Summarized from “Finding your mission in life,” a chapter in the 2017 edition of “What color is your parachute?” by Richard N. Bolles.
第二，我们的使命是使这个世界变得更美好，使这世界更像天堂。 生活是充满浓雾的。 我们只能看到眼前的路径。在每一个三叉路口中，尽量尝试相信上帝, 遵循祂的指导。 尽量尝试带给世界更多的感谢，正义，善良，宽恕，爱, 和勇气。
最后，我们的使命应该是（一）在发挥我们最大的和我们最高兴使用的才能的地方,（二）这些地方应该对我们最有吸引力, 和（三）也是世界上最需要的。尝试通过优先分类和识别我们的才能和技能来找这些使命。它们是写在我们心上，在我们细胞当中。 记着上帝爱我们。祂会帮助我们的。