I sure enjoyed having a contest for you all – thanks for joining in the fun! Now here is a somewhat lengthy mission statement I’ve been working on. Really, these could be so long, or short, specific or detailed, depending on the particular area of your life you wanted to write out your goals for. This one kind of overarches my life right now. This is my goal. While I certainly never fulfill it perfectly, it’s nice to write down what I am seeking to do.
My mission is to be a woman (wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, etc) after God’s own heart. Thus I will daily seek, first of all, to love my God above all else. (Dt. 6:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.) I will be thankful for Him and for all is kind blessings to me.
I will remember that I am a woman, and not forget the purpose for which women were lovingly fashioned. (Gen. 2:18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.") I will remember that God made me specifically to marry Matthew and He has perfectly suited me for the task of being his wife. I will daily thank God for my wonderful husband and I will seek to bless Matt, respect him and show him sweet affection and comfort in all things. (Gen. 24:67 Then Isaac brought her (his new wife, Rebekah) into the tent . . and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.) I will encourage him, pray for him, and while he is away at work and such, I will honor him by spending my time wisely in caring for our home and children. (Prov. 31:10-11 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.)
I will remember that motherhood is a high calling in God’s eyes. I have been given the task of training up the young hearts and minds of the daughters God has given me. I will thank God each day for my children, remembering that they are blessings and not burdens (Ps. 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.) I will remember the charge to teach them God’s Word (Dt. 6:6-7 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.) And I will let this be my ultimate goal as I teach my children in our homeschool. I will remember my childrens’ frame, as God remembers mine, and seek to not be easily angered. I will lovingly discipline and correct them when they sin, that they may learn true happiness by walking in God’s way. (Pr. 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.) I will seek to be the woman I want my girls to be. I will remember that visible joy is the kind they understand and so I will seek to fill our days with laughter and enjoyment of God’s world, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. I will seek to teach and show my girls Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice"!
As I am able, beyond serving my family, I will seek to bless and minister to others, especially by inviting others to share meals in our home. I will remember what God desires of a righteous wife, as seen in 1 Timothy 5:9-10 ". . . the wife of one husband,and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work."
I will remember that in all things I can do this only through Christ (Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.), and that he has equipped me for these good works (II Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. II Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence)
I will remember to seek Him in His Word and in prayer, and to rest in Him for my strength. (Is. 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,"In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. . . )
Lastly I will seek to remember and remind my girls of these and so many other verses, which so beautifully show the life of a Christian:
Psalm 27:3-5; 7-8 "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it."
Colossians 3:12-17 "Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Here’s a fun short version. This one’s not from the Bible (actually, can someone tell me who originally said it? I’ve seen it attributed to a few different people!), but I just love it.
I want to live well, laugh often and love much!