During my walk the other day, I had somewhat of an epiphany. A revelation, if you will.
The subject of such realization? I have no single Bible verse to serve as my life’s mission statement. Do you? Sure, we all have favorite Bible verses. And we all have verses committed to memory. But do we have a Bible verse that sums up the goals of our spiritual walk? One that describes God’s purpose for our life?
The online Merriam Webster dictionary defines the phrase “mission statement” as “something that states the purpose or goal of a business or organization. The company's mission statement emphasizes its ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of the community.” Hmmm. We could modify and apply that definition to our spiritual lives, could we not?
What if we were to search for a Bible verse that highlights God’s purpose or goal for us in Christ Jesus? That emphasizes our ongoing commitment to serving and loving God and His people?
I read a book by Matthew Kelly a few years ago that informed me of my mission in life. I am mortified to admit that up to that point, I did not even know I had a mission. But I learned. I have since read the book numerous times, such an influence has it been in my life. Matthew Kelly asserted that we all have a mission to become the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be so that others can likewise become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. I take that mission seriously. After all, if I am not being my best self, then others cannot be their best selves. (Please do not think that I execute my mission perfectly. Oh, heavens, no. I am human, after all. Miserably fallen. Hopelessly flawed. However, I continue to TRY to become my best self. Of course, I am reminded of the famous words of Jedi Master, Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no try.” But I digress.)
Friend, I am going to take a week (or perhaps even longer) to think about, research, and choose my mission statement Bible verse. Would you join me? Shall we search for that verse which will focus us on the path of righteousness? (I sure need that, wretched sinner that I am.) Shall we aspire to find the verse that inspires us to serve and love God and His people more and more? (I need that, too, because I fail daily.)
I will report back right here once I have decided on my mission statement Bible verse. Would you please do the same? I hope so. And thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you.
March 22, 2017