Personal Mission Statement
My world can be as big or as small as I make it—life is a series of choices forming a storyboard, timeline or a dash between a birthday and the first day of eternity. With the end in mind, I would like to honor God with every moment I am given and hope people will remember who I am on the inside. My confidence is to live out of a response not a reaction, love my limitations and be who the Creator intended. A life of worship will shape me to steward who God Created me to be—walking through life in complete freedom. Out of gratitude for what Christ did for me on the cross, I can know myself by growing deeper in a unique identity in Christ, driving toward my vocation through a life of worship, love, freedom and service impacting every relationship in my life.
God has created me unique for His purpose and I get to find out how He specifically created me throughout my life. Growing is a fundamental part of being a human; however, growing deeper in Christ is a necessity for my heart. It is important to acknowledge I will never arrive in this life and stop growing—growth is an incredible gift to my soul that must be stewarded. Gordon Smith explains, “we need to ask, what can we do to be good stewards of our lives, of the gifts, talents and opportunities that God gives to us?” (p.23). This question is the very reason inventories are created to help us discern how to move deeper. By the understanding I am an aural and kinesthetic learner, this will fine-tune my development, focusing my intake of information for successful output of understanding.1This experiential learning will be used as I serve the Lord in ministry, volunteer opportunities and furthering my education in the Word of God.
Risk. Risk is a huge part of my unique progress and learning style. “Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” (Joshua 1:9). It is imperative in my life that I take risks, walking in faith and do not allow a stagnant environment. If God is with me wherever I go, than I can count on Him to help guide my steps in calculated risks of faith.
Seek Mentorship. To grow deeper and know myself, I must be surrounded with people developed in their vocation. In the Bible, Paul proved it may not be an older/wiser person but anyone who is encouraging my maturity Christ. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” Proverbs 1:5 (NKJV). It is absolutely crucial for fundamental unique growth to secure continuous mentorship.
God’s Role In My Vocation
According to Ephesians chapter one, I have been chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son and Sealed by the Holy Spirit. “…as persons we live in radical dependence on God. But when God is seen as clearly and wholly God, humans are free to be precisely who they are called to be” (Smith p 20). If I can grasp that God has chosen me to be redeemed and sealed, then the worth of my vocation and calling in invaluable—making me irreplaceable in Christ.
Our Love. Throughout the Old and New Testament God speaks directly to people, using angels, prophets, non-believers, the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus or even a donkey. God can speak and wants to speak to me specifically. “God delights in revealing himself to those who will seek him with all their hearts. God’s version of flowers and chocolates…comes in the form of sunsets and falling stars, moonlight on lakes…lush gardens and fierce devotion” (Eldredge p 118-119). God wants to speak a language of love only I understand from Him—it won’t be for anyone else. This language usually comes in the form of whispers, prompts, the Word of God or encouragement from someone else. I have to be in communion and connection with God, listen carefully, and seek out our relationship to learn the language of His love.
In the grand plan of my life, I envision a life of worship. Not just favorite worship song or an incredible experience with God, but my entire life chosen to live out of response for God choose me to be redeemed and sealed. This will require me to be proactive in every moment of every day with obedience, choosing to love God more than anything else. This doesn’t mean forsaking others or living in a dreamy state not taking care of my responsibilities. My calling and vocation include the obligations of my life and I can include God in the thought process while I go about my day.
Gratitude. Thankfulness is a simple way to start each day. Part of the mission in my life is to truly be thankful for everything…yes everything. “ It is not until I really know myself and accept and embrace who I am that I am able to, in some significant measure, give myself completely to God” (Smith p 87). Giving my whole life and myself to God would start with being thankful for everything He has given me: the good and the bad. As a young girl Psalm 100 moved me and eventually became my life verse—it has molded my heart to have a gratefulness and gratitude for the Lord.
On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. Psalm 100 (MSG)
Relationships. God has gifted me with an amazing family; I believe they are my first ministry. I long to pursue healthy relationships honoring each role I carry in their lives every day. There are layers of people who have shaped me and continue to be wholesome for my day-to-day life. My extended family, friends and ministry play a huge part in growing me deeper in Christ as I practice showing His love to them.
Freedom. Isaiah talks about God proclaiming liberty to the captives (61:1 NASB). This freedom is a sanctification process from all idols and possible bondage. My identity in Christ is the beginning of my freedom, as soon I realize what God has done for me and who He created me to be, I can start a life long process of continuous freedom. Liberty is living honest and free in Christ; secure in the choices I am making with my vocation, time, money, education, family, thoughts, ministry, relationships and media.
Service. Living day-to-day in Christ will call me to serve Him in many ways. When embracing my vocation, God fashioned me with a set of gifts and talents to be used as His hands and feet on the earth. Through the process trial and error mostly, I have a couple a niches that allow my gifts to be used in a “sweet spot.” From a very young age, music was sheltered in home with only a few worship leaders being played. This bothered me as an adult missing so many eras of music, but God revealed that He purposely sheltered my gifts in music to keep them only for His glory. For many years now I have held my musical vocation as a priority for worship alone. This sweet spot has come to fruition leading worship for women’s ministry and being a freelance worship leader.
After fifteen years of marriage, my husband and I have grown together in our calling to minister to couples. We have found that being certified Biblical counselors has brought much fruit to men and women struggling in their relationships. This area in my vocation has yet to be completely explored, God does not reveal everything at once, nor has He given us the plan on what we should or should not do with these gifts. The longing to use the service and restoration of relationships will grow with our faith.
The day I begin eternity will be a glorious day when I will finally be, in whole, fully complete, who God created and intended me to always be. I am certainly on a pilgrimage living out my dash and storyline, here on earth to truly live abundantly in Christ while I await His return. Peter puts it this way, “ Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you” (2 Peter 1:10-11 NASB). Christ died for my sins and for this I will live out of thankfulness, risking the further discovery of who God wants me to be here on earth and seeking out the mentors in life to help me along the way. The language He is speaking to only me is a love so deep I can share it via gratitude and service to others while learning to grow in my unique free life of worship.
1The VARK Questionnaire A Guide to learning styles. I received a Multimodal strategy including Aural and Kinesthetic.
Smith, Gordon T. Courage and Calling InterVarsity Press 2012. Print.
Eldredge, John and Stasi Captivating Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul Thomas Nelson 2010. Print.
Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Simon & Schuster 2004. Print. (the theme and concept of proactivity)
New King James Version Bible (NKJV) Thomas Nelson 1982
Peterson, Eugene H. The Message Bible (MSG) 2002