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The Hole in Our Gospel: What does God expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World is not so much about a hole in the gospel or the Bible as it is about a hole in the way people live their lives. People today are caught up in the trappings and appearances of being good. They worry about what other people are doing and what modern entertainment might be doing to the morality of our youth. But what these people aren’t doing is letting their lives serve as their example.
Richard Stearns was a man who seemingly had it all. He was a successful businessman, community leader and family man. He had the big house, the Jaguar, and the country club membership. But just at the time he was at the peak of his career, he was called upon to do something more. Something much harder. He had to face the real evil in the world – he had to face the hunger, need, and want of the forgotten.
Too many of us would rather concentrate on our lives, write the occasional check to charity, and forget about the real calling of all moral people – Christian or otherwise. What Stearns calls our attention to in this book is that we are all called upon to lift up each other. We do not succeed in making the world a better place by memorizing verses, patting ourselves on the backs, or isolating ourselves from problems. It is only by putting our lives, not just our money, where our mouths are that we can perform the duties that we were put on this earth to perform.
To fill the hole in the gospel, we must fill the hole in our hearts and in our world. We must go out and make the world a better place. This is the message that has often been missing and the message that Stearns delivers powerfully through this book. Whether you are a Christian, member of another religion, or a member of no religion, this book is important and moving. The hole exists for us all, no matter what gospel we follow, and it is our duty and privilege to work on filling in that hole.
Note: The publisher gave me a copy of this book for the purpose of. There were no strings attached, and that gratis review copy in no way swayed my opinions towards this work.
Have you ever thought about a personal mission statement? Recently I have been working on a mission statement for my up and coming business, and to tell you the truth I have been having a hard time with it. But, while at the dentist this morning, and yes under the influence of gas and Novocaine, I realized why. I am having a problem coming up with a professional missions statement because I don’t have a personal one.
This is of real importance since, seeing as this is my business and a sole proprietorship, the business’s mission statement should closely mirror my own. If I can’t communicate what I personally am trying to achieve and what is important to me, then how am I ever going to be able to transfer those values to a business? I must know where I am planning on going before I can ask anyone to share that path.
I also started thinking about the ever growing concentric circles of missions statements for self, family, community, business, greater community, etc… If you can start to define yourself it makes everything from choosing a presidential candidate to selecting a vacation spot much easier. I didn’t say simple, just easier!
So I am going to start working on my personal mission statement, and when I am satisfied for the time being I will post it here. I won’t say “finished”, because a statement like this should be reevaluated and evolve over time. As my life and those around me change, my beliefs and mission will change as well.
I would love to hear what you think about this. Do you have a mission statement for your life? Your blog? Or your personal business? Why or why not? Would you care to share?
And, if you care to work on your own, here are a few resources:
- FranklinCovey Mission Statement Builder
- Lifehack post on building a personal mission statement
- A GTD approach to personal mission statements
- Dumb Little Man’s excellent post on the subject