family mission statement
God has an end in mind
As you read the quote on the opposite page from Stephen Covey and begin this process, there is one important thing you and your family must remember: God already has an end in mind.
To the Israelites who were humbled and lost in life He said, “I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, ...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:10-11)
He knows both the Big Picture and a preferred last chapter to your Story. He has done, is doing, and will do anything (everything!) to bring it about. What redeems every broken circumstance in your home is Christ. What lets your great times ring into eternity is Christ. He is the fulfillment of God’s plans for you...and of your life in Him!
Your Family Mission Statement will never be “done”
There is a lot in this booklet—more than it looks like at first. It was originally written for a couple workshops. It could easily take months. In reality, it must take even longer than both of those. You will begin, continue, and never finish creating your Family Mission Statement...as long as God gives you breath.
With each new stage of life, you will need to come back to what you’ve said. When you’re single, it’s just you. In marriage, worlds are combined. Kids change things. Different stages of life means different perspectives. The language of your statement will change. Thoughts and goals will be refined.
Bring household expectations together
One of the most primary goals of working with people in relationships is to clarify and share expectations. It sets people up for success rather than failure, fulfillment rather than disappointment.
So, have some fun. Do it together. And God bless!