Our prayer this “preparation” week is, “Help me be ready to welcome you, O God”. What better way to do that than to make your own personal Advent/Christmas mission statement? Now before you discount this as a cheesy idea, stay with me a minute. Whereas normally we think about only large organizations having mission statements that members of the organization rally around, anyone can have a personal mission statement that allows you to have a well-thought through purpose and focus, that will remain unchanged no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.
A personal mission statement can be especially helpful this time of year to ensure that you don’t just make it through the ADVENTure of Christmas, with all its twists and turns, but that you connect with God and others in meaningful ways.
So how do you go about making your own Advent/Christmas Mission Statement? Begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- What do I want to experience spiritually?
- What do I want to feel emotionally?
- Who do I want to connect with relationally?
- What do I want to be able to look back and say about this season after it’s over?
As an example, let me share my Christmas mission statement for this year: To fully enjoy myself in each and every activity I plan for others – my family, friends, and church.
Now that I have a mission statement, I plan to put it into practice in the following ways:
- Plan the details before each occasion, but then be present in the moment as the occasion arrives
- Be realistic in my expectations/let go of unmet expectations
- Don’t take things personally when things go wrong
- Find something to laugh about or enjoy no matter what happens
As I purpose to enjoy myself in each Christmas activity, I plan to change the focus from hard work and stress to one of enjoying the opportunities God gives me to celebrate Jesus with others.
What’s your mission statement? Why not take a few moments to write it down?
Your Friend in Ministry,
Today’s Family ADVENTure!
Family Activity: Make a mission statement for yourself or together as a family.
Dinner Discussion: Share your mission statements.
 Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp