Friday, January 3, 2014

Family Mission Statement

We've desired some time to develop a mission statement for our family.  I recently rediscovered this gem and think it is perfect.

 
 
MISSION STATEMENT: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE UNASHAMED
(Author unknown)

I AM A PART of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.
The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands.
I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees,
mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith. I lean on Christ’s presence. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.

My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough,
my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won't give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up,
stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I am a Catholic. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid


18 comments :

  1. Wow that is beautiful and powerful.

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  2. Totally AWESOME!!!!!!
    May I share this?
    Sharon

    www.mytreasuredgems.blogspot.com

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    1. Of course. John had discovered this from Patrick Madrid's website. Hope you are doing well!

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  3. Doesn't sound like Jesus in its stridency and pride. What about the Beatitudes or the Magnificat? Catholics already have better self-definitions.

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    1. Thank you for your insight! We will certainly take this to prayer. God Bless You.

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    2. Unknown, I think you should let Jesus guide Lindsay's family.

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  4. Beautiful Lindsay, such a great statement! Since I've been reading your blog for quite a while, I have no issue with this sounding like stridency or pride - (and I also read Patrick Madrid). I also have no doubt that the Beatitudes are lived out in your home as well, but you are humble enough to make it clear that you all are human and do your best. You strike a great balance here about encouraging Holy Family living while admitting that you are sinners just like the rest of us. Keep sharing Lindsay, it is a very good ministry you have here and I especially love that your really talking to your children in this blog, but you let us enjoy the words & inspiration.

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    1. Thank you for writing! We are all seeking for the balance between being firmly committed to our faith without being overrun with pride and that is about ME!!! It is all about Christ and being HIS defender. I know we will seek that balance our whole lives. God Bless You!

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  5. Do you want your children to think that following Christ is all about me me me? Honestly, we are to approach our salvation in fear and trembling. Jesus is the one who will let us know how we did at the end of our lives. We don't get to self-nominate ourselves as saints. Does this statement strike you as something Mother Teresa would say? Or St. Paul? I would really caution you in substituting this self-aggrandizing statement for the gospels and the example of Jesus.

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    1. No, I do not want our children to think following Christ is about Me, Me, Me! Thank you for showing me this viewpoint that hadn't occurred to me when I first came upon this statement. I took it more as a statement of firmly committed to Christ in the face of ever-increasing Godless world. Thank you for showing me another angle. Of course, I hope that I (and them) would be willing to lay down my life for Christ.

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    2. Unknown, although your intention might have been pure, I would caution you for your critical eye.

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  6. Please sign
    https://www.thsc.org/2014/01/judge-removes-children-illegally/

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  7. How about the breastplate of st. Patrick? At least that's Christian in spirit. What is posted above isn't.

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  8. Every time I read this I'm inspired to live more bravely for Christ and in Christ. Unknown, this to me sounds exactly like something the martyrs would sign onto, I think.

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  9. I think the martyrs had Christian humility and not stridency as their leading virtue.

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  10. Hi Lindsay! Like you, I took the statement you shared as being firmly committed to Christ. It is so apparent on your blog that you are desiring holiness and being honest about the real issues of life. Your blog is so encouraging to me! Thank you for sharing and God bless your beautiful family! Happy New Year!
    :>) Marianne

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  11. Please follow this link to sign a petition to help this family.
    https://www.thsc.org/2014/01/judge-removes-children-illegally/

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