This morning on The Morning Thing, we talked about what a family mission statement is and how your family could go about creating one. Many days life becomes so busy and overwhelming that it becomes difficult to stay on task and we forget who it is that God called us to be. Having a family mission statement is something short and simple that can capture the characteristics and values that you and your family hold in your hearts, and how you want to live your lives and relationships – with integrity, intention, and purpose. It can help to bring you back to reality and remind you of who you want to be and what you want to accomplish, when you do get distracted and pulled away by the busy-ness and pressures of this world.
Here are the five steps that can start you in the process of creating a family mission statement:
1. Talk as a couple
Start a conversation about creating a family mission statement. Talk about things like what a mission statement is, and how it matters to your family. Prepare your hearts for where God would guide you in designing your family, and allow time for this project to settle in your spirits.
2. Invite the kids
Invite the kids to start throwing out their ideas of what is important to them. You might be surprised at what they come up with. If you have young kids, have them tell you words of phrases. If your kids are older you could have them each sit down with paper and pencil and see where their hearts are without the pressure of the family dynamic. It would be really fun to see where they are individually and then bring those pages together and brainstorm as a family from there.
3. Write it all down
Have a notetaker and just get everything on paper. Once you have all the ideas down you can start playing with words and putting them together.
4. Decide on a format
Do you want to have a short catch-phrase or a long and developed statement? Maybe both. A short take-away phrase can be used to quickly remind ourselves and each other to get back on track with what matters to us.
Every single one of us was made to make art. It’s easy to start making excuses that we’re not creative or good with words and how or why that excludes us from stepping into the arena. But the truth is we all have this aching desire to create something. To be a part of something – or build something – bigger than us. What better place to build than our families?
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Also, it’s Prince George’s second birthday today! In celebration of his birthday, a new photo has been released! It was taken at the christening of his sister, Princess Charlotte, on July 5th. He looks just as adorable in this photo as he always does :)
In the 8am hour, we had a conversation with Jessica who is a trained navigator with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. She talked about what they’re doing to help families with health care at the Knox County Health Department, and about how people can participate in the free sessions. You can hear the full conversation here: