SPOILER ALERT! This blog is about Big Hero 6. Which I saw. There are SPOILERS! If you have not seen Big Hero 6 and don’t want to know plot points stop reading now. Did I mention the SPOILERS?
I enjoyed the movie. No surprise there. Baymax was adorable! There was something about the simplicity of his focus that made him impossible not to like. His mission is to make his patient better. Whatever it takes. Antibiotic cream? No problem. Lollypop? Easy! Donning a giant suit and confronting the person who killed his patient’s brother? All part of the service. Whatever it takes to get the job done. Baymax is there for you. He knows he is done when his patient is satisfied with the care they have received. How can you not love that clarity of purpose?
There is something to be said about simplicity of focus, clarity of purpose, a core mission statement. I have been in a lot of churches that have gone through the process of finding a mission statement. Universally the general consensus was to cover all the bases. “We do all these things with all these people. And we’re happy and excited to do it. Amen.” Inevitably we are in the position of having something that is long, unwieldy, and impossible to articulate into action let alone quote when people ask us about our church.
My personal favorite was the last mission statement of the United Methodist Church (it has since been updated). “The purpose of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” Clear, concise and to the point. Very easy to evaluate the ministry of the church. Have you made disciples? Are the programs of your church geared toward making disciples? If the answers to either of these questions are ‘no’, it is time to reevaluate. Clarity of purpose – it is a beautiful thing.
What is our purpose? What are we meant to do? It feels like we get tied up in the how of the things we do and forget about the why. It feels like we get so committed to the process that we forget the point. Unlike Baymax we are not willing to do whatever it takes in order to meet our mission. We place limits, both good and bad, on what we are willing to do. While I am willing to wear the super suit and serve the cause of justice, I don’t truly believe that is my mission. (But wouldn’t it be cool if it was!)
This all boils down to one simple point. How can we know if we have achieved our mission if we don’t know what it is? We cannot rest in the knowledge of a job well done if we don’t know what our job is. What is our purpose as the Church and how will we know if we have satisfied the needs of those in our care?
To be continued…