Mission Possible: Go Create a Life That Counts by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory. WaterBrook. 199 pages. 2022
In this encouraging book, Tim Tebow’s aim is to help us find our purpose. He tells us that Scripture gives us one shared and big-picture purpose, which is to glorify God. Within that greater purpose of glorifying God, we find our purpose in what we do every day. He tells us that simply put, purpose is about being mission driven in our ordinary life. Whatever we are tasked with in the everyday—even what we believe is the most trivial of duties or responsibilities, or a boring job we are always complaining about—we should find a way to invite purpose into that space.
When we live mission possible, we live a life that counts because of what God has done and is doing through us. It’s not about what we can do; it’s about what God can do through us. He writes that when you determine to live mission possible, you will not look back one day and wrestle with regret or painfully wonder what you did with your life.
Tebow tells us that a mission possible life has less to do with us and more to do with others, and mission living means being motivated by something other than yourself. He tells us that if God is prompting us to do something, He will equip, empower, and encourage us, and see that mission to completion. We should stop focusing on what we can’t do, and remember that nothing is too hard for God.
He challenges us to ask what can we do, starting now, to begin to live a mission-possible life. He encourages us to use what moves us, what God has put inside our heart, and take one step forward in mission-possible living. He tells us that the impact we make will be worth every ounce of effort, every minute of work, and every question and challenge we are likely going to face. A question we should ask ourselves is “Does my life change other people’s lives for the better?”
Throughout the book, Tebow shares stories (sometimes uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking), along with illustrations from Scripture. Topics included in the book include significance, developing a mission statement, passion, sacrifice, comfort, investing in eternity, convictions, choices, and making our lives count.
Companion resources available are Mission Possible Goals Guide: A 40-Day Plan to Making Each Moment Count, Mission Possible Bible Study: Go Create a Life That Counts, and the children’s book Bronco and Friends: Mission Possible.
Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
- Living a mission-possible life means executing the good works that God has already prepared for you to do.
- God has a plan for you to love and care for people. You honor Him through that mission.
- When we choose to trust God with our lives, we have a sense of a higher calling. We recognize that significance matters more than success.
- Wherever we are, in whatever we are doing, we can always do something to transcend what can start out as seemingly insignificant.
- You may be in a role or situation that is not the entire expression of your purpose, but you are still meant to carry your purpose into those places.
- Living a mission-possible life, in whatever our hands find to do, is an act of worship.
- Be the light Jesus has been to you wherever you may be.
- One of the greatest enemies of living a mission-possible life is the pursuit of comfort.
- Live today and each day forward with a forever mindset. Focus on doing things that will leave a legacy after you’re gone.
- A work ethic is pointless without a purpose. Working hard is not the end goal; we work hard to get to the end goal.
- You have a vision of who you are and who God created you to be. You understand that your time on earth is limited and live with an underlying sense of urgency. You focus on what you need to do now and what you need to do next.
- Living mission possible means living with an eternal mindset, knowing that our work on earth is to accomplish something of eternal value.
- What matters more than the fun we have or the stuff we accumulate is what we did with the time we were given.