Our pastor is taking our church through a sermon series called DNA. We have been going over the basics of what our church believes and does. He walked us through the mission statement and core values. It’s been reaffirming that we are where God wants us to be–in a church that believes and emphasizes the things we value. I recently wrote a mission statement for New Life Steward which you can read on the About page. I also read a post recently about mission statements. Mission statements were everywhere, which caused me to reflect on my own. I wrote it my freshman year of college after reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and revisited it my final year of seminary as I prepared my portfolio:
Even though it was written nearly 10 years ago, that pretty well sums up my heart’s desire. I would only tell that 18 year old girl that it’s only by God’s grace and strength that you will do or be any of those things. (She tried really hard to do it on her own–still does sometimes.)
When we dedicated our family to the Lord earlier this year, our church leaders encouraged us to choose a life verse for our son. One that we will pray over him as he grows. For some reason, I really felt led to choose a verse about wisdom and discipline. The Lord led us to Proverbs 19:20-21:
During the process of choosing a life verse for Thomas, I also stumbled upon 5 Little Virtues at Impress Your Kids. Amanda suggests choosing 5 virtues you want your child to exhibit as an adult and then using those virtues to shape how you parent your child. These are the 5 we chose for Thomas:
- Courageous (Deut. 31:6)
- Integrity (Prov. 10:9)
- Humble (Phil. 2:3-4)
- Compassionate (Eph. 4:32)
- Good Steward (Matt. 25:14-30)
I hope to have Thomas’ life verse and these virtuesmade into a print of some sort to hang in his room some day soon. I need them to be in view to help retrain my focus on them as we parent. I also think they will inevitably be remembered by him if he sees them on his wall all his growing up years.While choosing a life verse and virtues for Thomas, Michael and I chose Matthew 22:36-40 to be our family’s life verse if you will. We want the Greatest Commandment to be what guides all of the decisions for our family. Will this help us love God? Will this help us love people? I hope to get a print of this as well to hang in our living room.
So now I have this Biblical guidance chosen for my life. My “work in progress” part is figuring out how to keep it in the forefront of my mind. That is part of the reason I want to have it all made into prints to post on the walls, so I see it often. I also think it will be beneficial to memorize the Scriptures we’ve chosen. If you have a mission statement or life verse, how do you keep it in the forefront of your mind?
Do you have a mission statement? Please share! What about a life verse for yourself, children or family? I’d love to hear it!
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