If your family didn’t exist, how would this world be different?
How would your church, your town, your extended family get-togethers, and your community be different if your family wasn’t a part of it?
It’s kind of an odd thing to think about, I guess, but it’s also a really good way to evaluate whether or not you’re living the kind of life God longs for you to live…a life that makes a difference in this world.
Because the truth is, if we’re not intentional about the way we live, we’re not going to be that much different than our neighbors who don’t believe in Jesus. And we’re also not going to make much of an impact either.
BUT, one way to help your family become more intentional is to create a family mission statement.
A family mission statement is simply a statement that you and your family write together that expresses why your family exists.
Here is ours: Our family exists to bring glory to God by loving each other, loving those around us, and setting a Christian example.
One important thing to remember when writing a family mission statement is to make sure your goal is grounded in Scripture. Otherwise, you might be more intentional, but who knows if that intentionality is leading you in a way that honors the Lord?
The Bible verses that support our mission statement are these:
Love for God:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
Love for Others:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” James 1:19b
How to Write a Family Mission Statement:
1. Ask for God to guide you as you work on it.
2. Set a time to talk about it with you spouse (and with your children if they’re old enough to have input).
3. Make a list of character traits/values that are important for your family, along with supporting Bible verses.
4. Craft the mission statement. If you want, you can fill in the blank: “Our family exists to . We plan to accomplish this by .”
Following this model, ours would be, “Our family exists to bring glory to God. We plan to accomplish this by loving each other, loving those around us, and being a Christian example.”
5. Frame it if you want to keep it at the forefront of your mind.
As you work on yours, remember: make it fit your family. As long as it’s grounded in Scripture, there’s not a wrong way to word it.
One other thing to keep in mind: Family mission statements aren’t a fix-all solution. They’re also not a guarantee your family will always do the right things. But they can serve as a guide in your decisions and in your discipline.
Do you have a family mission statement? If so, please share it in the comments!
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