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Family with a Mission

10/15/2010

About a year ago, I really started feeling as if our family needed to write a mission statement.  Why not?  Businesses and churches do it.  Every organization has a purpose.  I really felt like we, as a family needed one.  Why?

  • To get on the same page as to what is important to us.
  • To set priorities and boundaries.  It helps us narrow down the things that we will participate in.
  • To guide our paths.  Without one, it is easy to get distracted by the things that don’t really matter and cause us to lose sight of the greater purpose.  We can wander aimlessly for a long time and take a look back and realize all of the time we have wasted!
  • To get excited about achieving a common goal together.

It has been a work in progress for quite a while.  I have a notebook that I scribbled many notes down on.  This is how we started the process:

1. I found some guides and templates online to give us an idea of where to start.

2.  I sat down with my boys and asked them questions.  It was very important to me that they had a part in its development.

Here are some sample questions that we used to get the juices flowing:  I know I found most of these on line somewhere, long ago….

1.  What is most important to us about our family?

2.  What kind of family do we want to be?

3.  What kind of relationships do we want to have with one another?

4.  How do we want to treat one another and speak to one another?

5. What 3 adjectives would we like others to use to describe our family?

etc…..

3. Prayed…and Prayed

4. Aaron and I got away, alone.  We prayed, we wrote, we scratched ideas, we wrote some more.  It took us about 4 hours and this is what we came up with:

 

OUR FAMILY’S PURPOSE

Our family exists to:

love radically

forgive unconditionally

lead boldly

serve sacrificially

give generously

pray continuously

grow constantly

by passionately seeking God so that others will come to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ.

 

Actions We Live By

We will:

Live simply

Give honor and encouragement

Be humble and compassionate

Show gratitude and respect

Take risks

Have fun

 

*image by Bidrohi >HIROK<

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/15/2010 9:51 pm

    I love this! I think this is a wonderful idea… for a family to have a mission statement, a common purpose, goal, etc. Great post!

    Jenna

  2. Dana Crenshaw permalink
    10/17/2010 8:22 pm

    Hi Jenn. I really admire this. Wondering on one part…

    What does “live simply” mean to you? IF that is too personal, I understand.

    • Jennifer permalink*
      10/17/2010 9:06 pm

      No, it’s not too personal at all. To us, living simply crosses over to many areas of our lives. First, our goal is not to always have bigger, better, greater things. We don’t strive to have a big house, fancy cars, the best toys or the best decorations for our house. We want to live this way one, because these things are temporary and two, so that way we can fulfill the part of our purpose statement “give generously”. (it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy what God has given us, we just want to make good choices with that money). It also means we don’t over schedule. We don’t want to be constantly running and miss out on our time together. Don’t get me wrong, we do things, we just make sure those things we do schedule fit in the big picture. I hope this answers your question :)

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