day 3K166: On Mission

“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”

Few things about a business give me more confidence than when I see an organization that has a vision and mission that drives and aligns the entire company from top to bottom and steers direction and decision making.  It’s really so simple, but so hard to establish and follow that many companies just never get to it and then wonder why they seem to flail and lose direction as the market changes and people come and go. In order to truly be mission driven there must be a deep-seated belief in the mission and then the unwavering discipline to stick with it and keep it alive.  I’ve seen way too many companies who write a mission statement, hang it on a wall and then go about doing business as if the statement never existed.  That is almost worse than never having put together a mission at all. Not following what we say we are going to follow creates cynicism and distrust.  Both are culture poisons and company killers.  What are you doing to be mission driven in your company, function, department or team?

Purposed worKING is about each of us fulfilling a mission of bringing glory to God through what we have been given as our earthly work. Each day as we approach the Office/Screen or sit down for that first time in front of the keyboard, are we thinking about this and aligning our words, actions and thoughts in a mission-driven way?  In the church world groups of people come together and then go and do “mission work” in a far off place or in a part of their community that is under served.  Let’s take today and start from the inside out with some of our own mission work and be sure that our hearts, mind and soul are truly mission driven.

Reference: Ephesians 4:14 (New Living Translation)