Family mission statement

I am following Tsh with Simple Mom with a series called Back to the Basics. She shared with us her family’s mission statement which I posted below. We are working on ours and will post it soon. I love how Tsh’s family knows precisely their mission, the steps to achieve it, and if anything comes up that may alter their paths, they can easily reread their mission statement and realign themselves.

What’s your mission statement? Please share with me.

Our Family’s Mission Statement

As a family, we want to glorify God in all we say, do, and are. We will…

  • Put each other first.
  • Cultivate deep relationships with one another.
  • Extend love to those around us.
  • Live simply.
  • Be true to who God made us.
  • Take care of our health.
  • Be good stewards of creation.
  • Be lifelong learners.

Within our basic mission statement, my husband and I have created some goals for the rest of this year that reflect our pursuit of this mission. I’ve shared just a few of them below.

Our Mission Statement, with a Few of our Goals

As a family, we want to glorify God in all we say, do, and are. We will…

• Put each other first.

  • diligently do our chores without complaining
  • help each other as we see a need
  • take each other’s emotions seriously
  • be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry

• Cultivate deep relationships with one another.

  • eat almost every breakfast and dinner together
  • go on regular dates as a couple
  • spend one-on-one time regularly, each parent with each kid
  • guard our outside commitments, and do our best to keep four nights per week unscheduled

• Extend love to those around us.

  • keep our home tidy enough to welcome spontaneous guests
  • have two families, couples, or individuals over for a meal per month
  • regularly communicate with our friends scattered worldwide
  • cultivate a heart of grace, so that we do not judge others

• Live simply.

  • remain debt-free
  • finish our emergency fund by fall ‘09
  • provide enough time for each of us to pursue one hobby
  • make homemaking a priority, taking care to plan ahead for things (budgeting, meal planning, etc.)
  • generally pursue excellence as we steward our time, talents, and treasures

• Be true to who God made us.

  • regularly spend time with God through the Word and in prayer
  • pray for each other often
  • provide ample room for each other’s interests
  • encourage excellence in godly pursuits

• Take care of our health.

  • Eat food our bodies were designed to eat
  • Eat most of our meals at home
  • Move physically at least once a day
  • Spend time together actively
  • Vigorously protect the boundaries of bedtimes, for children and adults

• Be good stewards of creation.

  • Spend time outside as a family at least once a week
  • Do what we can to be good stewards of the environment
  • Take a vacation, and make sure that much of it involves the outdoors
  • Enjoy nature in everyday life with things like gardening and neighborhood walks

• Be lifelong learners.

  • Regularly read quality books
  • Learn new things together as a family
  • Take care to enjoy only quality books, movies, and other forms of entertainment
  • Understand the times in which we live, and keep abreast on what God is doing worldwide
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