Mission Statement

So, if the scriptures can show us what Christ’s mission was and what our personal missions are in life, doesn’t it stand to reason that our businesses should mimic our personal missions?

I feel as Christian entrepreneurs it is our duty to do just that. The Mike Patton Auto Family in LaGrange, Georgia provides an example of following that biblical truth. Their Mission Statement reads, “The Mike Patton Auto Family seeks to honor God by impacting the lives of our employees, customers, and community.” Many of our clients at Small Business Spoken Here ask if their Mission Statement should really be their personal Mission Statement? That’s a great question. We might guess from the Patton Auto Family example, theirs probably is the same. We would suggest your business and personal Mission Statement should be aligned, if not the same. If they are not aligned, you are opening yourself up to potential conflicting messages. When that happens, chaos ensues.

To sum it all up, follow your heart in writing a picture filled with passion and colored with the excitement of what you do every day to serve and honor our Lord, Jesus Christ! And be sure to share it with your Accountability Partner.

Ask them to examine your mission and tell you if they feel the passion. Ask them if they can feel and see how this mission statement drives you in serving and honoring Jesus Christ!

God-given Mission

Have you ever thought about a God-given Mission Statement for your business? What does the Bible say about a business mission? I thought it might be interesting to check it out. The Internet has many sources and examples of biblical business Mission Statements.

One possible Mission Statement of Jesus Christ is stated in Matthew 20:28 (KJV), “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Christ spent every day on earth teaching, healing, praying, serving, giving to the individuals he encountered and ultimately gave his life that all mankind might be saved and have eternal life.

That Mission Statement is in the present and packs intense passion. There are no fancy words, no pomp and circumstance, just simply stated. His mission was to serve and die for mankind! In another passage we can discern a Mission Statement for mankind. Mark 12:28-34 (KJV) “And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.”

Here is another Mission Statement that packs a punch and demonstrates passion. Man’s Mission, per scripture, is to Love the Lord our God with every ounce of your being and love your neighbors in the same way.

Have you examined your business’s Mission Statement from God’s perspective? Does it deliver a punch and demonstrate passion? Why not?

Mission

I remember a late spring morning when I had finished my early tasks and had about an hour to spare before my first client meeting. It was such a lovely day, I decided to take a hot cup of tea and the latest book I was reading and enjoy both on the back deck. As I settled into my reading, I became distracted by the sounds coming from the park across the street. I looked up and began observing a group of young preschoolers who were thoroughly engrossed in the business of playground discovery. As I watched them, I couldn’t help myself but smile and wonder what drove their excitement. I noticed that they would run from one piece of equipment to another as if the playthings might disappear suddenly without warning. There was one youngster who would constantly call out to another to come try this or play with that. He was obviously leading the charge to see how many items he could enjoy before his playmates joined him.

Then there was a cheery young girl that couldn’t seem to stop laughing as her mother pushed her on the swing, higher and higher. A bubbly pair of what appeared to me to be twins were racing around the slide, quickly climbing the ladder, and screaming with joy as they slid down the other side. I also observed a quiet toddler content on rocking on the spring-action horse at the edge of the playground. Even as other children would try and coax him to join them in climbing the wall of the fort or running across the swinging bridge, he would simply ignore them, continuing to rock back and forth in a steady rhythm.

It was a delightful sight to see the carefree youth focus on having the time of their lives. As I observed this enjoyable view, it came to me that these children were all moving with a mission. They understood, inherently, that they were there to explore, discover, share, motivate, encourage, and accomplish as much joy, happiness, and love of their situation as possible. They moved with intensity and determination because they also knew their experience would end abruptly when Mom announced, “Time to go!”

When was the last time you came to work with this kind of intensity and determination? What drives you or what hinders your drive for such passion? Isn’t it about time you took time out to get that passion back?