A Mission Statement can be a powerful force. Or it can be neatly tucked away in a drawer while the people who wrote it attend to Urgent and Important business. When a Mission Statement is TRANSCENDENT, human effort alone will not go very far to ensure its completion. Another Power altogether is required for the Mission to succeed.
TRANSFORMATION is central to the Mission Statement of Four Streams Partners. Here is that Mission Statement:
The Mission of Four Streams Partners is to Awaken Men to More LIFE Through a Transformational Relationship with Jesus.
I remember connecting to Jesus by faith in my last year of high school. What struck me so profoundly was this Scripture from the New Testament.
“If any man is in Christ he is a new creation. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
My mirror didn’t show anything that looked particularly NEW. My body composition - much to my chagrin - was not altered in any way. But I deeply trusted that SOMETHING had begun to shift. In fact, I trusted that this SOMETHING had changed forever in a radical way that I could not completely grasp.
Now - some four decades later - I can report that that there are signs that indicate that this transformation thing is real.
I am convinced that I cannot save myself. I tried through Performance, Comparison, Judgment and Appearance to convince myself (and God) that I was worthy. Without a Savior beyond my self, I am totally lost.
I have tried to prove my goodness and discovered my moral bankruptcy.
Having given myself over to Jesus, I can attest that, after forty+ years of walking with God, I am more desperate for God than I was at the Beginning. This Desperate Need for his LIFE to be my engine for walking on the narrow road is a clue to me that I am on a good path.
I had hoped to assert my Independence and Self Determination to separate me from the masses. My search for a loophole from the words of Jesus, “Without me you can do nothing,” proved fruitless.