Do you have a life mission statement?
Every healthy organization has a clear mission statement. It declares who they are, defines what they do, and articulates who they aspire to be.
The mission statement for the Little Church and Lakewoodgrace is “Make New Disciples and Grow Faithful Disciples who share the Love of Jesus with All people.”
That’s what we do. We evaluate everything we do as a congregation based on this metric.
Our lives should be the same. You should have a framework by which you strive to live your day.
Here is my life mission statement: I seek to glorify God as a husband, father, and pastor.
- First and foremost, it’s all about glorifying God. I desire to manifest God’s glory in and through my life.
- That happens most clearly as Helen’s husband. It doesn’t matter if the ministry is going well and I am failing as a husband. Such a life cannot glorify God. My first priority is to glorify God as Helen’s husband because that’s my most primary calling.
- Secondly, it’s to glorify God as my children’s dad. I seek to glorify God as a dad my kids can respect and honor.
- Third, I want my life to glorify God as the pastor to the Little Church and Lakewoodgrace.
The way this life mission statement works is, when I am considering to do something or pondering a decision, I ask:
- Does this glorify God as Helen’s husband?
- Does this glorify God as a father to Karis, Kaitlin, Kailey, and Kaleb?
- Does this glorify God as a pastor at the Little Church and Lakewoodgrace?
If the answer is yes, I do it.
If the answer is no, I don’t do it.
Well. That’s the theory. I don’t always succeed. I still do stupid things sometimes. But the point is, that the life mission statement gives clarity to what I aspire and desire my life to be.
Do you have a life mission statement? I encourage you to take some time to pray and think about writing your own mission statement. It will give greater clarity to how you can make the decisions today that impact where you aspire to be in the future.