When Brandon and I were engaged he tossed out the idea of creating a family mission statement. I hadn't really heard of the idea before, but had seen pallet signs stating "house rules" popping up in craft stores and around Pinterest and was intrigued with doing something similar.
During our first year of marriage we had quite a few conversations about what we wanted our family "values" to be. We knew from the start that we wanted the mission of our family to be to serve God and others, but talked a lot about what we thought that looked like from a practical level and how we could implement it into our daily lives.
Here are some of the general notes we came up with:
- To know and radiate God's love
- To become a family after God's own heart
- To build up treasure in Heaven
- To represent Christ in all things
To not fear or despair about growing old
- Invest in relationships
- Practice gratitude
- Show hospitality
- Use resources creatively to further God's kingdom, promote justice on earth, and build relationships
- Mind your attitude
- Be present
- Train children in order to give them increasing amounts of freedom and responsibility (assume responsibility and freedom)
-Value experiences over stuff
- Accept and give God's love
- Develop your character
- Appreciate beauty
- Dwell on excellence
These were such fun conversations to have! They encouraged us to talk about our faith walks, upbringings, and our hopes and dreams for the future.
Ultimately we ended up selecting several values that we felt best described the mission we desired for our family and this past summer we worked with BetweenYouAndMeSigns to create a piece of art to display these values in our home. Not only is this sign one of my favorite pieces in our home, but it is prominently displayed in our dining room - making it one of the first things visitors see when they enter our house and something we look at as a family multiple times a day (in passing and at every meal!).
Whether you have a well established family or are just starting out, I would highly encourage you to take time with your spouse and/or children and create a family mission statement for your home!
"...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15