It all started when Tim, at age thirteen, asked me if our family had a mission statement. Apparently his baseball coach told his team to know the mission statement of whomever they played with, worked with, or lived with. Tim’s question was his response to my intense reminder to get going so we would not be late. He wanted to get the coach’s message to me. Not before. Not later. Then.
My first inclination was to say my mission of the busy day, “Get up, get going, get through the day, get home and get to bed.” So. I did.
Anyone who has lived with a thirteen-year-old never forgets the posture and stare that comes with an emphatic response, “MOM.”
Why do life-changing discussions often come at the most inopportune times?
I convinced him that we needed to get out the door with the promise we would figure it all out. He did not let me forget. So. After several conversations, we came up with the simple words, “Love all; serve all.”
I get it, now, more than ever. I can look back and see how Tim’s insistence for our family to have a mission statement has been one of the best things we did. While there’ve been times I’ve reverted to just getting through it all, the simple mission has changed the way we have managed many days of our life. Even when people have been challenging, difficult, and harmful, the choice to love and serve them changed our perspective, giving us the opportunity to see something beyond their choices.
When life gets too busy, the mission of the day can easily become: Get up, get going, get through the day, get home and get to bed. I don’t want to miss a day because I’m too busy . . . there’s so much more to living and it begins with love . . . the kind God has for all.
Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope and light the candle symbolizing love . . . taking the time to see how God’s love always impacts the mission of life.
And. The kind of love that lasts forever is BIG (click and read about the 2nd week of advent–I also included pictures of our cottage.)
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)