In my last post on a mid-year review I want to come full circle and dive in to the investments we make towards achieving our goals. Knowing where and how we use our time and resources is important. Our mission creates a platform for priorities. Staying with my yearly beach vacation as a backdrop, there is joy and peace when you know you’re creating the right legacy for you and your family.
Waking up early to a beautiful sunrise
One of the reasons I love vacation is the ability to throw away your schedule and just relax. Still, every summer I wake up early just in time to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. While many people enjoy the time off to sleep in, I make it a priority to witness this beautiful display at least once while I’m at the beach. I use these moments of serenity to reflect on God’s creation and the blessings in my life. I normally journal and take pictures that provide memories. I consider this an investment as I recalibrate myself. In life it is important to remember our mission ahead of our goals and direction.
Investing in your Mission and Building a Legacy
With goals in place and plans in motion, we need to be disciplined in the journey yet brave enough to look into the future. How we spend our time and resources matters as all of our actions lead to a legacy. Recognizing your mission and using it as a filter is key when reviewing the path already traveled and looking to the road ahead. Our mission provides perspective.
Earlier this year I blogged about the challenge of balancing ambition and contentment, and while it is a struggle, our mission helps us assess our priorities and the decisions we make. Basically, every investment of my time and resources is a building block in mine and my family’s legacy. Our actions impact others and there should be joy in this. Our mission should be bigger than ourselves. This thought process makes life clearer. If not, ask yourself these questions:
What is the legacy you want for your life?
How would you like to be remembered?
Are you making a difference?
King David remains one of my spiritual heroes. He wrote beautiful songs that provided insight to a life fully devoted to God. I love the simplicity of Psalm 37:37, as there is great return when we invest on integrity and priorities:
“…there is a future for the man of peace.”
The future is bright when we set goals and assess plans that are in line with our mission. Investing in our legacy provides peace, knowing that we are on the right path.
Great leaders recognize their mission first and invest their time to build a legacy bigger than themselves.