There is something in me that wants organization. Yet, there is something in me that resists the restriction that rules or a schedule could bring as a stay at home mom. When I first heard of writing out a personal mission statement it seemed over the top to me. It seemed rigid and formal.
Then I wrote one. I wrote it over a year ago and recently stumbled upon it again. I don’t think it was a coincidence that I ran into it as I have been praying for guidance in how to order my days and what to focus on. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion that a mission statement isn’t rigid as much as it is a focus and a filter to use when trying to examine what I should and shouldn’t use my time for.
Here is what I came up with for a general mission statement:
To glorify God in all that I do, say and think as an overflow of love for Him.
Then I got more specific to my role as a wife and mom:
Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit I want to be a reflection of Christ in the way I live my life as a wife and mother.
As a Wife: Respect, honor, love and cherish Kirk. To pray for him, support him and encourage him.
As a Mom: To love, care for, consistently model a life glorifying to God, and discipline my children in wisdom and love. To cultivate a place where my children see their need for a Savior and to point them to His ability and desire to save them. To pray for them and to help each child grow in self-discipline and healthy lifelong habits that will serve them well. To discover with each child their areas of giftedness and encourage them to use that for God’s glory.
Even re-writing that has made the guilt over-flow in my mind. Maybe that’s why I resist things like mission statements. It can be a measure of all that I’m not. BUT…more than fearing what I’m not, I fear I will look back with regret and that is not where I want to be in 10+ years. SO…I am choosing to use this (evolving) mission statement as a guide to lead me to press into what God has already called me to.
Will you join me? Maybe you already have a personal or family mission statement. Would you share it? What have you gained by having it? What are your struggles with it?
I am hoping to take the next several weeks and break down the mission and focus on one thing at a time. I’ll let you know how it’s going. I’ll also share, later, about the 2011-2012 homeschool year mission statement that I wrote and how I did on that…
Blessings to you as you focus on Him,