Wakefield Family Mission Statement

For Christ and His KingdomWhen I first read Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People I remember being struck by the idea that a personal mission statement derived from one’s long-term goals and values could be revolutionary for one’s way of approaching life. I remember thinking, “Duh! How did I not think of this before?!”

Nowadays every company and committee has a clearly-stated mission statement. So, as Wheaton College graduates who have had “Christo et Regno Ejus” impressed upon us as the vocational goal of our lives and our education, my wife and I decided to make explicit for our family that we were created for God’s glory and the sake of His Kingdom.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we are simply following in the footsteps of those who have gone before. We have Deuteronomy 6:6-9 hanging on our wall in the basement as a reminder of our responsibility as parents. It reads,

“These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

So, why not actually write it on the door frame? Now, every day our family will be reminded why we were created… for Christ and His Kingdom.

Don’t worry… I don’t see phylacteries in my kids’ futures.

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