Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Family Mission Statement

Does your family have a mission statement - a clear vision that defines the way you choose to live your life daily?  So often we are caught up in the busyness of our days that we hardly pause to think about the purpose behind all of our activity.

Perhaps you are like me.  I am one who does not get overwhelmed by a busy schedule.  In fact, I like it.  I like vacations that are crammed with things to do.  I prefer New York City to the beach.  I like the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  I get up early to shop the day after Thanksgiving - not to get one of those crazy bargains, but because I love the feel of the day.  And I am never miffed by the countless hours I spend in my car each week driving to and from the kids' practices.  All this said, it is very easy for me to fall into a mundane cycle - one where I am not living purposefully, but living only according to what's on my calendar.  And while this is time that I enjoy, I am not possibly being as intentional as I should be.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Colossians 3:2

Our family recently developed a mission statement.  It was an activity in which we all took part. We shared with our kids our idea to develop a statement that defines who we want to be as a family - one that will guide us in all that we do.  With a poster board and markers, they expressed many ideas, and we shared many of our own.  We then encompassed everything into a single statement that became our family mission statement.  Our mission is "to be purposeful in God in all that we do".

I hope that this will become the foundation for the decisions we make, the way we choose to invest our time, and the goals we set for ourselves.  While our days may still be filled with activity, I hope we will approach each opportunity intentionally and bless others with our lives.

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