Why are you on this planet?

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What is the purpose of your life?

Can you state clearly and concisely what your life is all about? I wrote my first life mission statement about twelve years ago, but significantly revised it today.



  • The purpose of my life is to love my family, friends, students, clients, parishioners, and readers, by educating, inspiring, and guiding them.
  • The primary roles of my life are husband/father, leader, teacher, counselor, and writer.
  • My life’s objective is to invest in others so that they soar higher than they otherwise could. I will devote myself to building strong individuals, strong marriages, strong churches, and strong leaders.
  • My four joys are quietness, coffee, music, and books. I will continually seek these out for renewal and rest.
  • I will value myself, prioritizing my spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health first, so that I have something to give others.
  • I will be known as a person who grants grace to all and leaves the life of every person I meet better than when I found it. I will be a servant to all. This is how people will see God in my life.
  • My legacy will be integrity, wisdom, gentleness, faithfulness, and love.

What would you say is the mission of your life? Have you written a life mission statement and if not, could you find something like this helpful? Why or why not?

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One thought on “Why are you on this planet?

  1. This is really good. But you didn’t say anything about movies or video games and I’m concerned that they are moving out of the center of your life, Dave. Perhaps you need to reconsider.

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