I’m part way through a book that I’ll be reviewing later, and I thought I would share one of the exercises with our readers. The book is called Younique by Will Mancini and is subtitled “Designing the Life that God Dreamed for You.”
Part of that process is determining what your “one thing” is. This “one thing” will give you clarity, focus and lead you to what the author terms your LifeCall –the personal, unique mission God has for you. It will help you aim for the bulls eye! The goal of this exercise is to come up with two words that will complete this sentence:
“I exist to honor God and help others by …..”
Now I’ll walk you through the process and give you my answers as an example.
First, what is your signature (or life) Scripture? It doesn’t have to be one verse, it could be a chapter or story, a parable or Psalm. What verse/verses would you want preached at your funeral to sum up all that you are? You may know immediately what yours is, or you may have to pray and think about it for a while. If you’ve already done some work on your spiritual gifts, passions, abilities etc. you may want to compare the Scripture you think of to your awareness of yourself. Here’s mine:
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Then list 4 one or two word answers to each of these statements:
“I am created to honor God and help others by leveraging my ability to:
with a deep passion for:
- Spiritual growth
in the context of
- Small groups
- Fellow pilgrims
- Committed discipleship
- Shared growth
Finally, think, pray and meditate about your answers until you come up with the two words that capture your “one thing.” Mine is ENCOURAGING PERSEVERANCE. You can then flesh that out a bit to come up with a brief, personal mission statement: Encouraging spiritual growth in myself and others.
I found this exercise both interesting and helpful and I would love to hear from other readers or authors who are willing to give it a try.
What’s your one thing? I’m waiting for answers!