This week, I have been going through the invigorating process of getting caught up with all the Mission Impossible movies, and it has been quite a ride. My brothers and dad would be so proud. And amidst all the dramatic Tom Cruise stunts, one thing really stuck out to me. At the beginning of each adventure or task, Tom Cruise’s character is given a call to act by the simple, yet deep phrase: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it….” Now, in the context of the stories, Ethan Hunt willingly takes his mission and dedicates himself to the impossible tasks, with the help of his friends. But as I look at the layout of this, it becomes more real to me and to our mortal missions that the Lord has given us.
At the beginning of our mortal adventure, we were assigned and given tasks that the Lord has planned for us in our own divine missions within His plan. Each person is given the option to either accept the challenge, or not, as our agency is included as one of our many tools that the Lord provides us to fight the enemy with. We knew what we were assigned to do before we began our missions on this earth, and we also knew the trials and hardships that we would face and likewise have to overcome in order to accomplish the things we were sent here to do.
That being said, our divine missions are not something that we only needed to worry about before we started mortality, but it is something that we continuously accept. We may have been given the original tasks of what we came to earth to fulfill, but the mission doesn’t stop there. We are continually given things that the Lord extends for us to complete, and through this, we can both strengthen ourselves in our journey and those around us. Tom Cruise didn’t have to go through his missions alone. In fact, it was through his friends that he was able to accomplish the hardest things that were asked of him. It is the same in our own lives. Our friends and those around us that are in our lives are our greatest allies in overcoming the enemy and in helping us along the way. And the amount of backup we have doesn’t end there. We have the greatest friend of all: Jesus Christ. The Lord knows what we’re capable of, and though the missions we are given seem ‘impossible,’ there is nothing that we cannot do as we rely on the greatest weapon we have against the battle of this life. This weapon does not come in the form of a fist or a bullet, but in the loving arms of a Heavenly Father who is aware of our circumstances, and what we are up against.
In reading about the early life of Jesus Christ, I was reminded of his endearing claim of devotion to His Father in Heaven, as he simply states “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (KJV, Luke 2:49), or to relate it to our discussion, “my Father’s mission for me?” And after thinking about Tom Cruise, and the missions that he was given, and then in thinking about the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, it hit me. What is my mission? Is it a physical mission call? Is it a spiritual mission of converting myself and building my testimony of the gospel? The range of possibilities are endless, and even if an actual mission is not a part of my future, we are all given the task in bringing those around us into the loving fold of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But you may say, we may all be given one, but do we really know what our mission or ‘purpose’ is in the grand scheme of our Heavenly Father’s plan, not only for us, but for all mankind? And though I don’t have a firm answer, I have come to realize that our mission’s discovery becomes our acceptance of it. Through our acceptance, we not only come to the knowledge of what we are tasked to do, but also the knowledge that the Lord knows that no matter what He calls upon us to do, we are willing to go and do, whether the tasks appear impossible or not.
So the question is then this: when the call is given to you, will you accept?