Some of you are wondering why is it titled 10:31? Does it refer to a date? October 31? Does it refer to time? 10:31 PM or something? It’s almost 3 days after New Year so how’s that related?
Before we get there, Happy New Year to you! Welcome 2014! 🙂
For a lot of people it’s the start of something new, something fresh! People have already shared their insights and thoughts on how we should approach this year. You can read the blogs of Pastor Joe (http://www.josephbonifacio.com/2014/01/01/its-wednesday-january-1-2014/) and my good friend Kara De Leos (http://karadeleos.tumblr.com/post/71737535638).
For me, it’s a chance to start writing again. I missed this! My last blog entry was last October. It had been a very busy 2-3 months for me that’s why I wasn’t able to make time for this but now it’s a perfect time to write again. 🙂
I think one of the reasons why most people have the chance to “start over” or “start something new” for 2014 is because of the long break. It gives everyone a chance to sit back, not get lost in the busyness of work and just think about certain things. Sometimes we evaluate the year that was and look forward for the year that is to come. As for me, it was a very refreshing time. Every year I get to revisit and hopefully enhance my Personal Mission Statement.
For those of you who don’t know what a Personal Mission Statement is, here’s a definition that can help you:
“A Personal Mission Statement “provides clarity and gives you a sense of purpose.” It helps define “who you are and how you will live.” It is a guide to help you down the road of life. If it’s meaningful to you, then that’s all that matters, after all, you’re going to be living by it.” taken from http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Personal-Mission-Statement
The Personal Mission Statement reminds me what I should focus on and what is truly important in my life. After years of searching what is truly important, I believe I have stumbled upon the most critical thing that we should all be doing. I wanted to write this blog to help everyone hopefully have this same mindset as we journey to 2014. I know with all my heart that this should be ingrained in the hearts and the minds of every Christian out there and even if you’re not Christian this should include you. So what is this thing that I believe is truly important? That important thing is our true purpose in life, our chief end. I learned this from John Piper who got it from the Westminster Catechism:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
That’s why in my personal mission statement, the verse 1 Corinthians 10:31 is written which I think is the perfect representation of that Catechism. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”. That means that whatever thing we are doing, whether that be small or a big (in our perspective anyway), it’s purpose should always be about the glory of God. Meaning, if we do something for a reason other than Him then we will totally missed the point for our existence. We will not be fulfilling our design and purpose in life.
That’s why hopefully when we write our faith goals, our resolutions and other things related we should always have the glory of God in mind. Else, it will be a futile exercise which is only meant to please ourselves. Life is not about us, and it will never be about us. Life is about God’s glory and not ours. 🙂
So how do we glorify God? Watch out for my next blog entry. 🙂