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Topic: North (05/05/16)
- TITLE: True North
By Judy Sauer
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Have you explored what matters most to you?
How would you define your true North?
True North assists with navigation for planes and ships. Have you heard of a personal true North for life? Your life, my life—everyone has a different true North…and many write a mission statement to validate it.
It’s taken me a long time, and some deep soul-searching, to find my drivers for life—things that matters most to me.
God is gently calling…from Job 36:16 (NCV) has been a constant reminder of his comfort for me—able to melt away any frenzied mess I put myself into. Yet one day, in the middle of a major turning point, I found myself drowning out God’s gentle whispers.
It was during a seminar based on Stephen Covey’s book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” when I fled the room with tears welling in my eyes, and my chest pounding with anxiety and fear. Something touched a raw nerve, and I did not want to face it.
Shelley, the facilitator, noticed my exit and followed me when she could…to make sure I was okay.
She found me in a corner of the hallway between training rooms, hiding my face, crying.
“Ann, why are you so upset?”
“This activity—I’m stuck, and can’t move on,” I replied, as my pulse kept building towards a massive headache.
“What has blocked you?”
“How can I write a mission statement when I’m clueless as to what matters to me? You said this exercise is designed to help us find our true North, so we know what we value.”
Shelley put her arm around me. “Sweetie, you are actually in a wonderful place. You just don’t know it. A college professor told me that when we hit a roadblock, that we’re close to a breakthrough. You just need to stick with the exercise, because something exciting is about to happen.”
“Dear God, please help me get over this hurdle.” I prayed as we returned to the workshop.
Suddenly a church sign flashed across my mind: Use your faith as a steering wheel, not as a spare tire.
Well, thanks God. What a good reminder. I breathed in response.
Over the next few weeks, that piece of inspiration helped me create my mission statement…something that would help me pause, and say to my heart, This is me!
In time, I came to rest on these eight lines—my words of wisdom.
Live my life on purpose, and with purpose.
Use my faith as a steering wheel, not as a spare tire.
Respect my true assets—my body, mind, and spirit.
Be content with what I have, and my role in God’s plan.
Treasure my freedom in the moment of choice.
Act with courage, consideration, and discretion.
Let only good words come from my lips.
Celebrate my victories.
In the words of Stephen Covey, “A mission statement is not something you write overnight... But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.”
I have passed up many opportunities to write new mission statements, for nothing has lifted me like those eight lines. I’ve found my true North; what I consider most important.
Much faith is woven into those words—a spiritual realm that has touched the core of my soul. Having a strong faith is important, and something to grab hold of when the winds of life blow so hard I can barely hold on.
Know what matters at the core of your heart, and let it be the driving force in life. Keep faith alive, and focus on the true North of what matters to you.
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