Re-defining Our Mission Statement:
Read many mission statements lately?
After reading them, it doesn’t take long to see if the statement doesn’t align with the reality of the organization. It seems to be merely hopeful imagery of what they want to project but not what is actually being portrayed.
How does this apply to our lives?
How many of us claim to be great husbands, fathers, or wives or mothers?
How many of us claim to be great firefighters, teachers, or businessmen?
How many of us claim to be followers of Jesus Christ?
As a firefighter arrives at a home and states that they have “Nothing Showing”; sadly that is the case in many of our lives.
We who claim to be Christians, good husbands & fathers, and firefighters; but in reality there is “Nothing Showing” to others to prove such a claim exists.
Our Mission statement should not be mere words in a policy manual or on a coffee cup. They should be the daily consistent examples of tangible actions in our lives. Anyone should be able to look at our lives, personally and professionally, and see our beliefs in action. Consider God’s word when He says that He wants to show His power in us:
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16
The Application: How to Stay Refreshed & Stay Focused…
“Anything that refreshes us without diminishing or distracting us from our final goal is a legitimate pleasure. If our mission is to be a loyal, faithful, and dedicated husband & father than anything that seduces us and/or takes us away from that mission is an illegitimate pleasure in our lives.” Ravi Zacharias
Let us then define our eternal goals not merely this year’s goals. Then let us realize if we look at life backwards (We are heading for heaven) then we can live life forwards with our eyes “fixed on Jesus.”
This world is the training grounds for heaven. We must make our mission statement be a part of our moral fabric. It must resonate within us and be visible to others without speaking a word. Our spouses and our children should see the words of our mission statements displayed in our daily lives.
Let us then be Living Mission Statements of the calling we have answered:
Answer the call to:
“go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
To be a positive and example worth following to our spouses, our children, our fellow firefighter’s, and our community.
Andy J. Starnes