15 May 2020
Write a Mission Statement
Photo: “Caribbean Sea,” pottery, by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
In December, Sara Joseph a Christian artist in Texas, challenged her friends to write a Mission Statement. She asked that we pray about it and ask God to show us what our Mission really is and how we live it.
This way of considering a Mission Statement is different from what I have experienced in my past positions in museum management and in higher education. Those ones were created by a team of people employed by the museum or the college. It was a team effort and we worked until we reached consensus. Now, Sara s asking us to look deep inside of our creative life and pray about what God would guide us to do and be as an individual creative person. This was much different than past experiences.
Since last December, I’ve spent a lot of quiet moments alone with God and talking with him about my personal and professional mission. I’ve asked him to show me a different perspective in what I do that is a benefit to others in my writing and art making. I’ve considered how my gifts and passions are reflected in my work.
Sara told us that our Mission Statement would probably be revealws to us in fragments – little bits and pieces at a time. And, it has! Over the past five months I have been given more insight into the value of who I am and what I do.
The first insight came on January 1, 2020. This is the day when I set my intentions for the year according to One Word that will be with me for the year. This year, 2020, marks the 6th time for me to choose One Word and live it out for the year.
The word that came to me is “Gifts.”
Sara also encouraged her readers to consider every creative act we do this year as “Gifts for the King.”
As a Christian, my King is Jesus.
My purpose and pleasure is to
make and present my GIFTS to my King.
I am thinking about everything I create this year as a Gift for the King.
This led me to understanding what my
Mission is and to write a Mission Statement that is mine.
Five months from the time I started praying about it, I have written my statement.
Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist
I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring Gifts to the King through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.I bring Gifts to the King through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.