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What’s Your Why? Isaiah 42:1-9

What’s Your Why?

Are we on a mission? If so, what is it?


The business world knows the value of a mission statement. But now, people are beginning to understand that a personal mission statement (PMS) can provide clarity and focus for one’s life. In Isaiah, we are given a glimpse of the mission for the Suffering Servant, a mission picked up by Jesus, and forwarded to his disciples — and to us!



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Wonder Water,” January 8, 2017.


For most of us, our lives with a personal mission statement (PMS) began very early.

We called it dreaming, or perhaps daydreaming. “Someday, when I grow up, I want to be a truck driver.” Or firefighter, police officer or astronaut.

Kids still dream. According to one survey, children today aspire to be dancers, musicians, teachers, actors, scientists, athletes, detectives, writers, pilots, veterinarians, lawyers, doctors — and, like kids of previous generations, police...

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