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Lenten Homework

Sunday, March 5th

Identify three people you admire and ask the following questions about them:

1.What are the greatest qualities that you think these people exemplify?

2.What steps have these people taken to nurture these qualities?

3.Why are these qualities important to you? How would your life be different if you lived more effectively into these qualities?

Sunday, March 12th

In preparing to create your life mission statement, answer these three questions:

1.Where do you see the greatest need around you in your neighborhood, your community, or your world?

2.How can you meet that need?

3.What gifts do you bring to further that mission?

Sunday, March 19th

In building your life mission statement, use the following questions to evaluate where you have come from, so you can see more clearly where you are going.

1.What struggles in your life have you had to overcome? How have those struggles defined you?

2.God can use all things to strengthen his kingdom, and we are called to do the same. How can you share the lessons learned from your struggles?

3.How have those lessons helped you in the past, and how might God use them to shape your future?

Sunday, March 26th

There is a huge difference between an obstacle and an excuse. An obstacle is something to work through, over, or around, whereas an excuse stops you in your tracks.

1.What tightly held excuses prohibit you from living God’s dream for you?

2.Excuses aren’t always something we come up with on our own. Sometimes we claim self-limiting beliefs assigned to us by others. From what self-limiting beliefs do you need to break free?

3.Becoming clear about your life mission statement means chopping away at excuses to follow the purpose God has for you. Take some time and write a prayer asking God to remove your excuses. List your excuses in the prayer.

Sunday, April 2nd

Take a moment to examine the gifts God has given you. If you have trouble answering these questions, find people in your life who know you well and ask for their help.

1.What are the gifts of my head?

2.What are the gifts of my hands?

3.What is the passion of my heart?

Sunday, April 9th

In the previous questions, you’ve laid the foundation for your life mission statement:

1ST Sunday: Name people and qualities you admire.

2nd Sunday: Identify needs in your neighborhood, community, and world.

3rd Sunday: Look back at your struggles and how they define you.

4th Sunday: List excuses that prevent you from living God’s dream.

5th Sunday: Claim your gifts of head, hands, and heart.

Now that the foundation is in place, it’s time to build your life mission statement. Remember:

1.This is not your mission; it’s your part of God’s mission.

2.It’s not just for this year or even five years; it’s for your whole life.

3.The mission should be challenging and may even seem impossible. That means you’re on the right track.

4.You may need to draft several versions of the statement, now and later.

5.Once you have a long version, try writing a short “elevator” version to use in sharing the statement with others.

One of the best resources available is your community. Take the rough draft or final copy of your life mission statement and share it. Use your co-workers, church friends, or even Facebook friends as a test audience.

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