The first time Damien and I wrote a mission statement for our little family was while we were on a cruise ship sailing down the western coast towards San Diego. I was pregnant at the time, and the idea of having a statement of sorts as to who I wanted our family to be, what I wanted our family to represent kept going over and over in my mind.
While having a family mission statement isn’t a necessity, I honestly think that it’s so important to have if we want to live life well.
Because having a mission statement helps to define our values and determine our priorities as a family. It serves as a reminder of what type of people we want to be, who we want our children to become, and what we want our family to stand for.
Family mission statements should not be intimidating. Nor do they have to be formal. In fact, our first family mission statement was simply a scrawling of the words joy, peace, love, beauty, rest, gratitude, comfort, contentment, safety, inspiration, creativity and authenticity on a sheet of paper that we found in the desk drawer of our room on the cruise ship. And while this was the furthest thing from fancy and display-worthy, it sat tucked away behind the front cover of my bible so that every time I opened the Word I was greeted with the reminder of what Damien and I wanted our family to represent.
Your family mission statement can be whatever you want it to be, written however you want it to be written. And I do recommend that you at least jot it down in bullet point form on a piece of paper, because let’s be honest, our brains can only hold so much information, especially when we have little ones running around our feet demanding all of our attention and energy.
Here are some questions to consider when writing your family mission statement:
1. In what or whom do you pace your family’s core identity?
2. What is each individual’s daily purpose in this world?
3. What’s your family’s “theme” bible verse?
4. What are 3 things you want people to feel after spending time in your home?
5. Where do you aspire to be as a family in 5-10 years?
6. What are your family’s dreams?