Message Synopsis: Your company probably has a mission statement, but do you have one for yourself, a sentence or a paragraph that cements your commitment to your personal and spiritual goals? Personal development has to be a priority for us, even in the midst of heavy workloads and myriad pressures on the homefront. God shared Himself with us through the act of creation, so it's important that we tend to our physical health, our mental health, and our spiritual health as a way of honoring Him and nurturing our connection to the divine.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.” Genesis 1:26 NLT

It can be difficult to move toward our personal goals if we allow ourselves to be turned around by every distraction of the workweek. If we don’t stay focused on our own development—even in the face of external stressors—then we might notice that we are only walking in circles or traveling backward most days.

Does your company have a mission statement, a sentence or a paragraph that defines the goals of the organization and spells out a path for reaching those goals? Maybe your company has such a statement but you’ve never thought about it that much. Truth be told, such a statement might not affect you all that much. While bosses and CEOs often indulge themselves with the creation of such credos, most of the rest of us have work duties to attend to that are more pressing than the words of some mission statement. At the end of the day, your spirits probably won’t crumble if you can’t remember the words of your company’s official doctrine. However, if you repeatedly neglect your own mission statement then you will eventually experience pain and problems.

Do you have a personal mission statement, a sentence or a paragraph that outlines what’s important to you? Do you pay enough attention to your needs, your values, and your dreams?

Personal development is another way of saying “permission to make yourself important.” If we don’t pay proper attention to caring for ourselves and developing ourselves—if we don’t respect our own personal mission statements, even amidst pressure to make work and everything else around us more important —then sooner or later it will become easy to forget why we are special.

We have to remember that God gave each of us gifts that are to be cared for, not dismissed or neglected. It is difficult to overstate just how profound God’s gift of our physical creation is. God shared Himself with us through creation, so our minds, emotions, and bodies are a part of God in a sense. We are holy temples in that respect, and we require our own loving attention.

Today, you might turn on the news and hear a politician trying to convince you that his concerns should be your concerns. You might get called into a meeting at work and have a manager tell you what the most important issue of your day should be. Advertisements will try to tell you how to spend your money, and business organizations will try to tell you how to spend your time. However, through all of the confusion and chatter, you need to stay focused on your own personal growth. You need to pay attention to your physical health, your emotional wellbeing, and your spiritual development. You need to intentionally move in a direction that brings you closer to God and closer to a more meaningful life.

Today, take a moment to write down your own personal mission statement. Keeping in mind God’s gifts to you, think about how you will develop yourself. Keeping in mind the pain that develops when you ignore your own needs and passions, think about how you will care for yourself and your dreams. Don’t let the arguments or mission statements of others distract you from your own development. Today, ask God to protect your path as you move forward toward greater joy and fulfillment.

Prayer: Dear God, please keep Your spiritual perspective close to my attention at all times. Remind me that I am your special creation and friend. Help me to remember that You dwell in me, and please bless my efforts to improve my life accordingly.

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