Paul Madson

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Month: November 2017

What is your life’s mission statement?

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Almost 30 years ago, I took several days during a vacation to evaluate all that I was doing and to state in one brief sentence what my purpose in life was (my Mission Statement) – i.e. Why do I get out of bed in the morning? What is it that drives me day in and day out?

The statement I wrote back then has been a guiding compass over the last few decades. I still have this statement as part of my daily prayer list to help keep me centered on what is most important.

Here is my life’s mission statement…

When I come to the end of my life and have nothing but death to look forward to and nothing but memories to look back upon, I want to be able to say that I sought to be…

• God’s man (2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Thess. 2:4)
• in God’s place (Acts 20:24)
• doing God’s work (1 Cor. 3:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:58)
• for God’s glory! (1 Cor. 10:31; Phil. 1:21; 1 Peter 4:10-11)

To explain what I mean by those four brief statements:

  • I don’t want to be “my own man” (or as Frank Sinatra said, “I Did It My Way”). I only want to be God’s man.
  • I don’t want to do ministry in someone else’s place; only the place that God has called me… no matter where that is or how small and seemingly insignificant.
  • I don’t want to do anyone else’s work, only the work that God has called me to do (Acts 20:24).
  • And finally, my ultimate reason for living, my reason for breathing air each day, my reason for taking up space on this dust chip called planet earth, is to live for God’s glory. Not my glory. Not some ministry’s glory. Only God’s glory. It’s not about me. It’s about Him.

What’s your mission statement? If you haven’t written one, I would encourage you to do so.

Quotes to Note – Fall 2017

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” (Augustine)

“I look in the mirror and say, ‘What is a young man like me doing in an old body like that?’” (Haddon Robinson)

“Two things are said to be rare sights in the world; one is a young man humble, and the other is an old man content.” (J.C. Ryle)

“To be loved but not known is superficial. To be known and not loved is our great fear. But to be known and loved is what will transform us.” (Dr. Timothy Keller)

“A book I’m reading states that there are 4 kinds of people.
1. Those who make things happen.
2. Those who watch things happen.
3. Those to whom things happen.
4. Those who have no clue what’s happening.
I’m determined to be in the 1st category. How about you?”
(Dr. David Sills)

“You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel.” (Anonymous)

“Death and sorrow are merely a middle chapter.” (Scott Sauls)

“Men fall in private long before they fall in public.” (J.C. Ryle)

“If you understand what holiness is, you come to see that real happiness is on the far side of holiness, not the near side.” (Dr. Timothy Keller)

“But this is what I know: God is who He says He is. In the hurt and the pain and the suffering, God is near, and He is good, even when the ending isn’t. It’s not, ‘They lived happily ever after,’ but, They leaned into an unknown future with a very knowable Father.’” (Ann Voskamp)

“We would be more patient and kind with people and less hurt if we regularly remembered that we all have deep core faults.” (Dr. Timothy Keller)

“The poet James Allen Francis noted: ‘All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.’”

“Fighting sheep are strange animals, and fighting Christians are self-evident contradictions.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.” (Dr. Timothy Keller)

“The weakness of your faith
will not destroy you.
A trembling hand
may receive a golden gift.”
(C.H. Spurgeon)

“Unhealthy leaders, when criticized, will spin, manipulate, and regroup. Healthy leaders, on the other hand, will confess and repent.” (Scott Sauls)

“No man is worse for knowing the worst about himself. If an X-ray reveals a serious break in one of your bones, do you blame the X-ray? Do you break the thermometer if it shows you with a fever of 105? Would you blame a doctor for informing you of a life-threatening situation? In the same way, when God talks about sin, it’s the diagnosis of the very disease He wants to cure. God condemns sin because He redeems from sin! We can’t receive His forgiveness by redefining sin; don’t let anyone deceive you into thinking that something the Bible calls sin is normal and not necessarily wrong. God says He condemns it—but only because He can redeem you from it. Are you willing to hear all that He says?”
(Darryl DelHousaye)

“Maturity is always a return to the reality about yourself.”
(Dr. Joseph C. Aldrich)

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” (Jim Ryan)

“It is only an infinite God, and an infinite good, that can fill and satisfy the precious and immortal soul of man.” (Thomas Brooks)

“Christ followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions, and as a result, face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.” (Max Lucado, from his new book Fearless)

“Like it or not, each of us is personally at war with the Devil, for the Devil has personally declared war upon each of us.” (J.I. Packer)

“How does Satan accuse us? By causing us to look at our sin rather than our Savior.” (Dr. Timothy Keller)

“We cannot add time; we can only exercise stewardship over the time we are given.” (Albert Mohler)

“Do not be anxious about what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”
(St. Francis de Sales)

“I used to think of life as a highway with lots of potholes along the way. Now, I see it as a country road with a smooth place every once in a while.” (Haddon Robinson)

“In Jesus, God battles our sin with reassurance not shame, kindness not punishment, mercy not judgment, love not abandonment.” (Scott Sauls)

“I’ve never regretted seeking to understand the best representatives of a position I disagree with. I do regret my hasty, uninformed responses.”
(Scotty Smith)

“I wonder if I’ve ever done anything out of a pure motive. How in the world could I ever hope to have relationship with a righteous God? I find myself thinking that I can’t. So, I live with grace. If you knew me like God knew me, you probably wouldn’t like me. The marvel of the Bible is that God is gracious.” (Haddon Robinson)

“Life is hard. God is good. Glory is coming. Therefore, stand firm in his grace. Rejoice in hope, fill your life with good deeds, and show the world that God is gloriously satisfying.” (John Piper)

“The moment we say don’t give me doctrine, don’t give me all that Bible stuff, just give me Jesus, just strip it down to the basics — is the moment we become culpable of a fallacy. The Bible is the very book on which Jesus based His entire life.” (Scott Sauls)

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